Department of Political Science


Dr Daniel Schulte

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Associate Lecturer in Qualitative Methods
Room: 3.07, 29/30 Tavistock Square
Email: d.schulte@ucl.ac.uk


I am an Associate Lecturer in Qualitative Methods in the Department of Political Science at UCL. I received my Ph.D. in comparative politics and international relations from Brown University in 2023. I also hold a MA in political science from Brown, a master’s in education from Harvard University, and an A.B. in Russian history and literature from Harvard College. My research focuses on morality policy, human rights, authoritarianism, nationalism, and political methodology. My book project examines morality politics and electoral authoritarianism in Turkey, Russia, and Poland. At UCL, I am also serving as Deputy Director of Research (Ethics). 


My research interests include morality policy, human rights, authoritarianism, nationalism, and political methodology, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and the Middle East. My multi-method book project, entitled “Morality Politics and Electoral Authoritarianism in Turkey, Russia, and Poland,” examines the conditions under which governments in electoral authoritarian regimes restrict human rights and the consequences of these restrictive policies on marginalized religious minorities, women, and LGBTQI+ citizens. I employ semi-structured elite interviews, media content analysis of political rhetoric, in-depth historical process tracing, a survey experiment of Turkish morality issues, and comparative historical analysis of abortion bans. The book project argues that morality politics plays two vital strategic purposes for authoritarian governments, allowing them to neutralise institutional veto players during a coming to power phase, and serving as a tool of diversion to distract citizens from crises (such as economic recessions) during a regime maintenance phase. 


Book Chapters
  • Rabb, N., Kossowska, M., Wood, T. J., Schulte, D., Vourloumis, S., & Jarke, H. (2022). Responsiveness to evidence : a political cognition approach. In J. Strömbäck, Å. Wikforss, K. Glüer, T. Lindholm, & H. Oscarsson (Eds.), Knowledge resistance in high-choice information environments (pp. 128–147). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003111474-7  
  • Schulte, D., Cook, L. (2020). Faith-Based Welfare Provision in Russia. In: Glatzer, M., Manuel, P. (eds) Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare. Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44707-6_3


This academic year, I am teaching two postgraduate modules: “Qualitative Methods: Case Studies and Comparative Methods” (PUBL0086) and “Qualitative Methods: Interviews, Observation and Mixed Methods” (PUBL0010). I am also teaching an undergraduate module entitled “Qualitative Research Methods” (POLS0031).

While at Brown, I designed and taught two courses: “Introduction to Comparative Politics: The Middle East and Eastern Europe” and “International Relations of Russia, China, and Europe.” At Brown, I also received the P. Terrence Hopmann Award for Excellence in Teaching, and I served as a teaching assistant for five courses covering topics in CP, IR, public policy, and methodology.