Chair for Statistics and Data Science in Social Sciences and the Humanities (SODA)

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Leah von der Heyde

Leah von der Heyde

Research Interests

  • Political sociology & behavior
  • Survey research
  • Big Data in the social sciences

Short Description

Leah von der Heyde holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Political Science from the Universities of Munich (LMU) and Mannheim with a specialization in quantitative methods, survey research, and political sociology. She was also a visiting student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she focused on polling, public opinion, and electoral campaigns. In her master’s thesis, she researched and analyzed the potential of Google Trends for predicting European Parliamentary elections.
From 2016 to 2018, she was a student research assistant for the European Social Survey (ESS) at the Survey Design and Methodology Department of the GESIS institute. Upon completing her studies in 2018, she interned at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) in Brussels before moving to Sweden and working in market research between 2019 and 2021.
Back at her alma mater LMU since 2021, Leah focuses on privacy attitudes and their implications for stakeholders and policymakers. She is especially interested in the intersection between public opinion, politics, and communications, as well as the prediction of political behavior and data visualization.