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I am a research fellow at the Chair for Political Sociology of Germany at Freie Universität Berlin. In the summer term of 2020, I served as interim professor at the Center for Data and Methods at Universität Konstanz, assuming the duties in teaching of the Professorship for Survey Research. I hold a PhD in Governance from the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, an MSc in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin.

My areas of research are in political behavior and applied quantitative methods. I am interested in direct democracy, turnout, youths in politics, election forecasting, economic voting and electoral studies more broadly. My work has been published in Political Science Research and Methods, Electoral Studies, Political Studies and Politische Vierteljahresschrift amongst others.

I am also a founding member and former board member of CorrelAid, a data science non-profit. From 2012 to 2013 I worked as parliamentary aide in the German Bundestag. I tweet about political science, citizen participation, data analysis and sometimes football using the handle @a_leininger.


2020-07-30: Thorsten Faas and I released the project report for our Jugendwahlstudie 2019 to wide acclaim. Read about it on Spiegel Online or see and hear me talk about it in Tagesthemen.

2020-06-17 New publication: “Do Populist Parties Increase Voter Turnout? Evidence from over 40 Years of Electoral History in 31 European Democracies” (joint work with Maurits Meijers, Radboud University Nijmegen) appears in Political Studies as OnlineFirst. And it’s open access!

2020-04-21 New working paper: “Resilience, self-efficacy and political participation” (with Andrea Chmitorz, Claudia Landwehr, Thomas Schroeter and Oliver Tüscher) online in the Gutenberg School of Management and Economics & Research Unit “Interdisciplinary Public Policy” Discussion Paper Series

2020-04-13 New working paper: “Voting at the dawn of a global pandemic” (joint work with Max Schaub, Social Science Center Berlin (WZB)). Find the draft at SocArXiv.


Freie Universität Berlin
Chair for Political Sociology of Germany
14195 Berlin, Germany