Leslie Fischer

Leslie Fischer

Leslie Fischer


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Müller-Friedbergstrasse 8

9000 St Gallen

Bisher keine Publikationen auf Alexandria


Political Consequences of Wartime Victimisation

Historical Legacies

Indiscriminate Violence

Natural Experiments


2023 MA in International Administration & Conflict Studies and Methods in Politics & Public Administration, University of Konstanz

2021 BA in Political Science and Administration, University of Konstanz


2022 Tutorin am Lehrstuhl für Politikwissenschaft und Internationale Politik für die Lehrveranstaltung Internationale Politik und Europäische Integration, Universität Konstanz

2022 Co-Leitung des Forschungsworkshops Datenvisualisierung mit R mit besonderem Fokus auf räumliche Daten und Netzwerkdaten, CorrelAid

2021 Tutorin am Lehrstuhl für Politische Theorie für die Lehrveranstaltung Einführung in die Politische Theorie, Universität Konstanz


1. Gendered War Experiences: A natural experiment on the political consequences of institutional non-responsiveness to conflict-related sexual violence

I examine whether increases in political participation following conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), as found in recent studies, are contingent upon institutional support. Specifically, I argue that, in the absence of institutional support, CRSV contributes to a decline in political engagement of victimized communities because it generates resentments towards central authorities. Utilizing the unique context of the Allied troops' advance into the German Democratic Republic in 1945, I find that widespread CRSV is associated with lower voter turnout.


2. Bombing and Memory: World War II Aerial Bombings and the Long-term Impact of Historical Narratives in Germany (with Douglas B. Atkinson)

Exposure to violence shapes political attitudes, with elite interpretation playing a significant role. Using Germany as a case study, we analyze the impact of World War II bombings on the 2021 federal election's vote share for the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Our findings reveal that constituencies bombed more heavily have lower AfD vote shares, reflecting differences in elite approaches to interpreting historical events between the Federal Republic of Germany and the former German Democratic Republic.


Christiane-Rajewsky-Preis 2024 für die Masterarbeit "Victimised societies and voter turnout: A natural experiment assessing the price of indifference to conflict-related sexual violence"

Der Christiane Rajewsky-Preis richtet sich an jüngere Wissenschaftler*innen, die einen herausragenden Beitrag zur Friedens- und Konfliktforschung geleistet haben.