… to my website. I am a research fellow at the Chair for Political Sociology of Germany at Freie Universität Berlin. I hold a PhD in Governance from the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and an MSc in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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

I am also a founding member and current board member of CorrelAid, a student-led 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.


2019-08-21 “Instrumental or procedural democrats? The evolution of procedural preferences after democratization”: New article (joint work with Claudia Landwehr, University of Mainz) out in Political Reseach Exchange, the ECPR’s new gold open access journal, is now online

2019-06-27 “Is there an economic vote in referendums? The case of the 2016 Italian constitutional referendum”: new article in Politics and Governance, an open access journal. Hence, the article is freely available.

2018-07-21 “Fakescience - eine Warnung vor dem Hashtag” opinion piece in Tagesspiegel Causa


Freie Universität Berlin
Ott-Suhr-Institute of Political Science
Ihnestr. 21
14195 Berlin, Germany