My name is Henriette Müller and I am a Humanities Research Fellow at the New York University Abu Dhabi. I submitted my PhD thesis in Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin (HU) and was a PhD candidate at the Global Governance department at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).

I was also an affiliate at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) and a PhD candidate of the French-German Doctoral College ‘construire les différences’, a cooperation between Humboldt University and L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

My research fields comprise the comparative study of political leadership in supranational and international organizations as well as of national governments with a particular focus on political performance, communication and representation of leadership. Apart from these research fields, I am also interested in methodology and qualitative research methods such as case study analysis and elite-interviewing.

In my PhD thesis I analyzed the opportunities and constraints for European Commission presidents in providing political leadership within the EU institutional framework throughout the process of European integration. Based on an inter-temporal research design, my project reconstructed the evolution of power and influence of the office, thereby focusing on the incumbents Walter Hallstein, Jacques Delors and José Barroso.

My postdoctoral research project examines the relationship between political leadership and national economic growth with a particular focus on the Gulf region, Western Europe and South Asia.


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