NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty


Rachel Brulé

Assistant Professor of Politics; NYU Abu Dhabi
B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.Sc., Oxford University; M.Sc., London School of Economics; Ph.D., Stanford University

Email: reb11@nyu.edu 
Phone:  (212) 998-8479
Office Address:  NYU Department of Politics, 19 W. 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
Office Room Number:  415

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Areas of Research/Interest: Political economy of development, field and natural experiments, gender equality, legal reform, comparative politics of South Asia 
About Me: 
My research focuses on the political economy of development, gender equality, and legal institutions’ impact on social conventions. My work combines extensive field research in South Asia and West Africa with econometric analysis of survey data, geospatial analysis of political, economic and social behavior, and historical analysis of reforms’ origin. My teaching at the undergraduate level mainly consists of advising honors theses in the senior research seminar of the Politics Honors major.


Mario Chacon

Assistant Professor of Politics; NYU Abu Dhabi
B.A., M.A. Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia); M.A., Ph.D. Yale University

Email: mario.chacon@nyu.edu 

About Me: 
Mario Chacon studies comparative political economy and development, particularly in Latin American nations. He has published on democracy and on economic opportunities and inequalities in Colombia. Currently, Chacon is working on the rise of armed clientelism in Colombia as a result of the ongoing civil war, as well as the spillover effects of civil conflict.


Abdul Noury

Visiting Associate Professor of Politics; NYU Abu Dhabi

Email: agn2@nyu.edu 
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For a full list of my work, see my Vita. 
Select Publications:
Democratic Politics in the European Parliament,  Cambridge University Press, 2007 (with Simon Hix and G\'erard Roland).   
Are Leading Papers of Better Quality? Evidence from a Natural Experiment, Oxford Economic Papers, 2009 (with T. Coupe and V. Ginsburgh).  
After Enlargement: Voting Patterns in the Sixth European Parliament, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 2009 (with Simon Hix). 
Politics not Economic Interests: Determinants of Migration Policies in the European Union, International Migration Review, 41 (2007), 182-205 (with Simon Hix). 
Dimensions of Politics in the European Parliament, American Journal of Political Science, 50 (2006), 494-511 (with Simon Hix and Gerard Roland).


Christopher Paik

Assistant Professor of Politics; NYU Abu Dhabi
BCom, University of British Columbia 2003; MA, University of Toronto 2004; PhD, Stanford 2010

Email: christopher.paik@nyu.edu 
Areas of Research/Interest: institutions and ethnic conflict, terrorism, economic history and growth, Asian politics 
About Me: 
I am an assistant professor of Social Sciences at NYU AD. I study long-run determinants of economic growth, sources of enduring cultural differences, and the application of geo-spatial information and statistics to the study of politics and economics. Currently I am involved in a number of projects in different geographic areas including Europe and Asia. 
 Postdoctoral research associate at Princeton, 2010-2012 
External Affiliations:
 The Empirical Study of Conflict Project (Princeton Woodrow Wilson School), Affiliated Faculty at NYU Politics, Standing Faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi Social Sciences Teaching: Game Theory, Ethnicity and Violence


Leonid V. Peisakhin

Assistant Professor of Politics; NYU Abu Dhabi
A.B., Harvard University 2003; M.Phil., University of Oxford 2005; PhD, Yale University 2012

Email: leonid.peisakhin@nyu.edu 
Areas of Research/Interest: comparative politics, political economy, political behavior, European politics, experimental methods 
About Me: 
I am interested in political legacies of colonial and imperial rule especially in eastern Europe. I study formation, persistence, and dissolution of political attitudes and identities, and have a broad interest in political behavior. I also maintain an interest in anti-corruption research, work on good governance, and government transparency. 

I am finishing a book project on persistence of imperial-era political identities in Ukraine, some of which are at the root of the ongoing conflict over Ukraine’s statehood and future political trajectory. The book contributes to the fledgling research agenda on cultural legacies of historical institutions and revisits theoretical insights from the literature on political socialization. This project draws on a natural experiment of history that divided a homogenous population of ethnic Ukrainians between Russian and Austrian empires. 

Almost all of my research combines multiple methods including experiments, archival research, surveys, and ethnography. Although I am particularly interested in Russian, post-Soviet, and European politics, my research is first and foremost question driven, and I have done fieldwork in China and India. In addition to my core research agenda on historical legacies I am also currently working on projects on formation of political loyalties in early Communist China, intergenerational transmission of victim status among Crimean Tatars, and the influence of Russian state TV in Ukraine. 

My work has appeared in the Journal of Law and Economic and Regulation and Governance. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, and in 2011-2014 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Juan March Institute in Madrid. My dissertation won the 2014 Juan Linz Best Dissertation Prize from APSA’s Comparative Democratization section.


Adam Ramey

Assistant Professor of Politics; NYU Abu Dhabi
B.A. George Washington University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Rochester

Email: adam.ramey@nyu.edu 

About Me: 
Adam Ramey is a scholar of American politics, political methodology, and comparative legislative institutions. Much of his work focuses on developing and applying novel methodological techniques to the study of legislative voting behavior. Ramey is currently working on survey research that will help scholars to understand the degrees to which American legislators deviate from or adhere to the policy preferences of their constituents.