Loes Aaldering, Ph.D.


University of Vienna

City: Vienna

Country: Austria

About Me:

Loes Aaldering is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Communication Science department of the University of Vienna. She works in the Political Communications Research group, chaired by Prof. Dr. Sophie Lecheler. Her main research topics include political leadership and media coverage; gender, politics and media; election campaigns and routine times; electoral behavior; and political representation. Loes Aaldering did her PhD at the Political Science department of the University of Amsterdam and her dissertation is called 'Images with Impact. The Electoral Consequences of Party leader Portrayal in the Media'. In her PhD-project, she studied how political leaders are portrayed in the media in terms of their leadership traits, and when and to what extent do these mediated leadership images have an impact on voters in determining their party preferences. She received a grant from the Dutch organization for scientific research (NWO) that financed her PhD project and a Fulbright grant that funded a 4-month research visit at the Ohio State University. Before Loes started her PhD-project, she finished the Research Master Social Sciences (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, where she specialized in comparative politics and quantitative methods, the Master Political Theory and Political Behavior at the University of Amsterdam, and the Bachelor of Laws at the University of Amsterdam.

Since Feruary 2018, Loes Aaldering is the Treasurer of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on Political Communication of the ECPR.

Research Interests

Elections, Election Administration, and Voting Behavior

Gender and Politics

Political Communication

Research Methods & Research Design

Text as Data

Public Opinion

Campaign/routine Times

Gender, Politics, Media

Panel Data Analysis

Experimental Research

Content Analysis

Political Leadership

Countries of Interest



United States