Debra Leiter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Year of PhD: 2013

Phone: 714-357-0882

Address: 5120 Rockhill Rd, 213 Haag Hall

City: Kansas City, Missouri - 64110

Country: United States

About Me:

Dr. Debra Leiter is an associate professor with the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She received her BA from the University of California, San Diego, and her PhD from the University of California, Davis.   An award-winning researcher and teacher, she studies comparative politics, primarily in Western Europe. Her research examines the intersection of elections, parties, and voting, and how context shapes political decision-making. Her teaching focuses on cross-national institutions and political representation, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate research. She also plays trumpet in Kansas City’s own Mid-America Freedom Band. 

Research Interests

European Politics

Elections, Election Administration, and Voting Behavior

Comparative Political Institutions

Referendums, Elections, Voting

Voting Behaviour

Institutions And Legislatures

Political Parties

Social Networks

Election Forecasting

Countries of Interest


United Kingdom


United States