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Juniorprofessur Politikwissenschaftliche Forschungsmethoden

Assistant Professorship Political Science Research Methods

Research methods are the tools of political science for answering empirical questions in all subfields of the discipline. In teaching, the assistant professorship introduces students to quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis. In research, the focus is on comparative research on political attitudes and behavior. Current research topics include political participation, youth and politics, direct democracy, and election forecasting. Methodologically, the application of experimental and quasi-experimental approaches in individual and aggregate data analysis plays a prominent role. Furthermore, a further methodological focus lies on primary data collection through population surveys.

News from Science, Media & the Public

New Publication: "Coming of Voting Age. Evidence from a Natural Experiment on the Effects of Electoral Eligibility on Citizens’ Information-Seeking Behaviour" (together with Armin Schäfer, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Thorsten Faas, Free University Berlin and Sigrid Roßteutscher, Goethe University Frankfurt) in Electoral Studies (open access).


New Publication in edited volume: "The Economy and Chancellor Approval in Germany: A Cautionary tale about Data Vintages and Measures" (together with Mark Kayser, Hertie School Berlin) in Economics and Politics Revisited: Executive Approval and the New Calculus of Support.


New publication: Strategic Alignment in Times of Crisis: Voting at the Dawn of a Global Pandemic“ (together with Max Schaub, University of Hamburg) was published in Political Behavior (open access).


New podcast episode: Deutschlandfunk-Nova has published Jun.-Prof. Arndt Leininger's inaugural lecture on "Voting at 16" as a podcast episode. You can find the lecture slides here.


New publication: „Temporary disenfranchisement: negative side-effects of lowering the voting age“ (co-authored with Marie-Lou Sohnius, University of Mannheim, Thorsten Faas, Free University Berlin, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Goethe University Frankfurt, and Armin Schäfer, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) has been published in American Political Science Review (open access).