Henriette Mueller

Visiting Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies Affiliation: Visiting
Education: Dr., Humboldt University Berlin

Research Areas: Political Leadership and Executive Politics; Gender and Leadership Studies; Comparative Politics and Government Studies; EU Studies/European Integration; Area Studies/GCC Region; Mixed Methods

Henriette Müller is a political scientist who has conducted wide-ranging research on public and political leadership, pursuing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Müller received her doctoral degree from Humboldt University Berlin, where she also taught courses on political leadership. She has been a visiting scholar at the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB); Sciences Po, Paris; the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; the European University Institute in Florence; Georgetown University, US; and Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has received scholarships, among others, from the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe, the French-German Institute in Ludwigsburg, and the European University Institute.

Müller’s research is located at the intersections of critical leadership studies, gender studies, and comparative politics with regional foci on the European Union and the Arab Gulf region. More specifically, she studies the role and exercise of public and political leadership as well as its theoretical foundations. Her research focuses on the development of leadership, including performance, communication, and representations of leadership in different political contexts and cultural regions (both Western and non-Western).

She is the author of Political Leadership and the European Commission Presidency (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-editor of Women and Leadership in the European Union (with Ingeborg Tömmel, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021).

Müller’s current research project, “Women and Leadership in Global Perspective,” explores women and leadership from a comparative perspective, with a focus on how women act and interact as leaders in different political, economic, and cultural contexts across the world. In particular, Müller compares women’s conceptualizations of leadership, alongside their pathways to power. She specifically studies the exercise of leadership by women in the institutions of the European Union and in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Müller will also chair a section on “Women and Leadership in Global Perspective” with Senem Ertan from the University of Ankara at the European Conference of Politics and Gender, which will take place July 7–9, 2021, at the University of Ljubljana. 

At NYU Abu Dhabi, Müller teaches courses on women and leadership as well as statehood. In 2019, she and Aurelie Dariel founded the Gender and Leadership Roundtable at NYUAD.

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