Debra Leiter

Debra Leiter
Associate Professor
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Cherry Hall 414
Western Europe, Political Behavior, Political Parties


Dr. Debra Leiter is an associate professor with the Department of Political Science & Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. An expert in comparative politics, her research examines the intersection of elections, parties, and voting, election forecasting, and how context shapes political decision-making, primarily in Western Europe. 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


Pol-Sci 220: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Pol-Sci 221: Introduction to Comparative Politics and Research
Pol-Sci 345: Women and Politics
Pol-Sci 357: Western European Politics
Pol-Sci 365: Congress and Parliaments
Pol-Sci 366: British Politics
Pol-Sci 435: Environmental Politics

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2013
M.A., University of California, Davis, 2010
B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2006