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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.


2020-11-30: I was interviewed by planung&analyse (an online medium on market research) on polling and forecasting after the US presidential elections.

2020-11-10: New publication: “The impact of group identity on coalition formation” (joint work with Denise Laroze and David Hugh-Jones) appears in Research and Politics

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.


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