… 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.


2018-07-17 “Forecasting”: My chapter for the “Handbuch Methoden der Politikwissenschaft” [Handbook Methods in Political Science] (Edited by Claudius Wagemann, Achim Goerres, Markus Siewert) ist now online first.

2018-05-01 “Demokratie-Experte: ‘Das ist noch nicht ausdiskutiert’”, I was interviewed by mitmischen.de, the German parliament’s journalistic outlet for young people.

2018-04-01 New job: As of April 1st (no April fools’ day joke) I am post doc at the Chair for Political Sociology of Germany at Freie Universität Berlin’s Otto-Suhr Institute of Political Science.

2018-03-30 New publication: “Die Erfolge der AfD und die Wahlbeteiligung: Gibt es einen Zusammenhang?” (w/ Stefan Haußner) in Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen.

2017-11-08 “Am Scheideweg - Sind die Grünen nur eine Partei des Westens?” opinion piece in Tagesspiegel Causa (w/ Julian Zuber).


Freie Universität Berlin
Ott-Suhr-Institute of Political Science
Ihnestr. 21
14195 Berlin, Germany
arndt.leininger [at] fu - berlin [dot] de