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Anne Heyer

Assistant professor

Dr. A. Heyer
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Anne Heyer is an Assistant Professor in European history (1800-today) with a main research interest in political participation. She works on political parties, populism, social movements and democracy in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Britain and Spain). Her current research project focuses on the changing perception and practices of mass politics in the nineteenth and twentieth century. In addition, she is a research fellow at the German think tank for political participation 'd|part' where she studies current questions of political participation.

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Anne Heyer is an Assistant Professor in modern history with a research interest in the ideas and practices of political participation in different European countries (1800-today). She currently works on the changing perception and practices of mass politics in Germany, Netherlands, Britain and Spain. Among other things, this project uses digital humanities methods to study large-n digitalized newspaper corpora. She currently also prepares a monograph “The Making of the Democratic Party” that is based on her doctoral dissertation. This research project combines history and social sciences approaches to analyse the emergence of modern party organizations in a transnational setting with case studies from Germany, Britain and the Netherlands in the 1860s and 1870s. In addition, she is a founding member and research fellow at the German think tank for political participation 'd│part' where she studies contemp orary challenges of democracy with social science methods. Her publications include political parties, democracy, academic careers, mass media, political attitudes and populism.

Fields of interest

Political participation in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Britain and Spain) in the period 1800 until today from an interdisciplinary perspective (history and social sciences). Research topics include modern comparative and transnational history, political culture, populism, democracy, political legitimacy, political parties, social movements and digital humanities.


Anne Heyer has studied in Bremen, Tartu and Edinburgh and was a scholarship-holder of the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung. In 2019 she defended her doctoral dissertation "The Making of the Democratic Party" at Leiden University as part of the NWO-funded (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) research project "The Promise of Organization". She received grants for a PhD student workshop (Institute for History, Leiden University) and for an innovative course on teaching (Lehre hoch N Netzwerk of the Alfred Töpfer Stiftung). Before becoming an Assistant Professor at Leiden University, Anne was a postdoc of the EU Horizon 2020-funded research project TRANSPOP (Juan March Institute, Universidad Carlos III in Madrid) for which she studied nineteenth-century popular politics in Europe with digital humanities methods.

Among other things, Anne Heyer is a founding member, newsletter editor and coordinator of the first international workshop of the Political History PhD Network (PHPN). She was also the Social Events Officer of LEO (Leiden University PhD Organisation) and organized several workshop about political history at Leiden University during her PhD. In addition, she was the editor of the blog series on populist parties of the German think tank d│part. Her teaching includes European history, political parties, political participation and democracy.

Assistant professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.02B



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