Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Julia Leininger

Julia Leininger (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Heidelberg) is Head of the Department "Governance, Statehood, and Security" at the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). Prior to that, she was at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). In her work she examines the conditions for political regime change and stabilization with a focus on African politics. She is particularly interested in the interaction between international and local factors in regime change and in the influence of religion on (de-)democratization - Leininger has published several articles and edited the comparative volume Religious Actors in Democratization Processes (Religiöse Akteure in Demokratisierungsprozesse). She teaches at the Universities Duisburg-Essen and Konstanz, and has co-conceived DIE’s renowned post-graduate course.





Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • Project Group: European Democracy Promotion in Fragile States: The Cases of Africa, Eastern Europe and the MENA Region (CSMP) (with Solveig Richter) (WS 2016/17)