Özyeğin University, Çekmeköy Campus Nişantepe District, Orman Street, 34794 Çekmeköy - İSTANBUL

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Assistant Professor, Political Institutions & Research Methods


Political Science, Boston University, 2015


International Relations & Political Science and History (Double Major), Boğaziçi University, 2003

High School

Notre Dame de Sion High School

Research Areas

Comparative Government, Research Methods


Research Methods, Fall 2019

Comparative Political Institutions: Political Parties and Election Systems, Fall 2019


Erzen Öncel received her B.A. degrees in International Relations & Political Science and History (Double Major) from Boğaziçi University in 2003, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University in 2015. Since 2010, she has been principal investigator and project manager of the World Bank funded Global Leadership Project (GLP), the first global scale dataset on the biographical information of roughly 40 thousands leaders from 145 nation-states. She lectured at University of Mississippi, Boston University and Mef University.

Her areas of expertise include leadership, political institutions, ethnic representation, quotas and its effects on representation, and democratization. Currently, she is working on the second round of the GLP data collection, which will allow researchers to track change in leadership over time.