Principal research and teaching interests

  • Voting in national and comparative perspective, with a specific interest in the voters of Right-wing Extremist parties in Western Europe
  • Political attitudes and value orientations in comparative
    perspective, with a particular interest in political disaffection
    and alienation (“Politikverdrossenheit“)
  • Research methods in political science
  • German and West European politics

Portraitfoto Kai Arzheimer im Georg-Forster-Gebäude an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Current external funding

  • 2021 INSIDER – “INnere SIcherheit und DEmokratische Resilienz”. Funded by the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate, ca. 146,000 Euro 
  • 2016 “Sub-national context and radical right support in Europe”. Funded by ORA (ANR, DFG, ESRC, NWO), ca. 1.8 million Euro
  • 2016 “Problems of Representation in the domain of Biopolitics:
    Parliamentary Decision and Public Opinion on PGD”. Funded by DFG, ca. 220,000 Euro
  • 2014 “Candidate location and voter perceptions in the 2015 General Election”. Funded by the Thyssen Foundation, ca. 15.000 Euro
  • 2014 “National and Europeanised Identities before, during, and after the European Parliamentary Election”. Funded by the Thyssen Foundation, ca. 34,000 Euro
  • 2013 Local Organiser of the 41st ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops. Funding from German Science Foundation (DFG) ca. 41.000, RLP state government 10,000 Euro plus 10.000 Euro in private donations and sponsoring income
  • 2010-12 “Information, Framing, and Openness for Political Reform”. Funded by the Thyssen Foundation, ca. 28,000 Euro

Last positions held



  • Wide range of modules in the fields of methods, political
    sociology, German and West European Politics, taught in English and German

Awards and Distinctions

  • Grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG) for the publication of my monograph on “Politikverdrossenheit”
  • Johannes Gutenberg-Universität dissertation prize
  • DAAD Lecturer Fellowship
  • Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair for German and European Studies 2017/18

Reviewer for

  • Acta Politica
  • American Journal of Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • British Academy
  • British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • British Journal of Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
  • Electoral Studies
  • European Journal of Political Research
  • European Sociological Review
  • European Union Politics
  • FWF Wissenschaftsfond (Austria)
  • German Politics
  • German Politics and Society
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)
  • Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft
  • Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties
  • Journal of European Public Policy
  • Journal of Official Statistics
  • Journal of Politics
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Migration Studies
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • Open Research Area (ORA)
  • Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Parliamentary Affairs
  • Party Politics
  • Political Behaviour
  • Political Geography
  • Political Studies
  • Politische Vierteljahresschrift
  • Routledge
  • Scandinavian Political Studies
  • Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
  • Social Science Research
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • West European Politics
  • World Politics