Department of Political Science


Dr Zeynep Bulutgil

Associate Professor in International Relations
Email: z.bulutgil@ucl.ac.uk



H. Zeynep Bulutgil is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at University College London. Her research focuses on political violence, state formation, religion and politics, and inequality and ethnic mobilization. Her first book, The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2016; 2018), explores the conditions that lead to (or prevent) ethnic cleansing and has received the 2017 Best Book Award in the European Politics and Society Section of APSA. Her second book, The Origins of Secular Institutions: Ideas, Timing, and Organization (forthcoming at Oxford University Press), combines ideational and organizational mechanisms to explain how institutional secularization occurs.  Dr.Bulutgil has published articles in International Security, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, and Nationalities Papers. She is also working on a series of co-authored articles on inequality and political mobilization in India.  

Dr. Bulutgil’s research has been supported by the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship as well as by fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, and the National Science Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is also an Associate Editor at Nationalities Papers.


Dr Bulutgil’s research is at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics. Her published works focus on political violence, state formation, ethnic mobilization, and religion and politics. Her books on the causes of ethnic cleansing and institutional secularization explore big social science questions that have largely been neglected by mainstream political science. To answer these questions, she employs a mixed-methods approach that includes statistical analysis based on original data she collects, in-depth comparative historical analysis, and fieldwork. For more detail, please see her website: https://www.zeynepbulutgil.com/

  • Dr Bulutgil teaches courses on political violence, research design and methodology, comparative politics, and religion and politics.
  • She is currently accepting students who work on political violence, political institutions, and religion and politics.