Dr. Loes Aaldering

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Dr. Loes Aaldering

Universitätsassistentin (Post-Doc)

Main Research Areas and Interests

  • Political leadership and media coverage
  • Gender, politics and media
  • Election campaigns and routine times
  • Electoral behavior
  • Political representation


Loes Aaldering was a Postdoctoral researcher at the Communication Science department of the University of Vienna. She worked in the Political Communication Research group, chaired by Prof. Dr. Sophie Lecheler. Her main research topics included 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 studies 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 for the standing group on Political Communication of the ECPR.

Her work has been published in a wide range of international journals, such as the British Journal of Political Science, the International Journal of Press/Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Studies, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Quality and Quantity and Journal of Communication. For an overview of all her publications, see here.

In March 2020 Loes Aaldering started a position as Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Working Papers

Aaldering, L., and Lecheler, S. ‘Trick of the Traits. An Experimental Study on the Impact of Trait Ownership on Mediated Leader Effects'. Current version of the paper can be found here.


Van der Pas, D.J., and Aaldering, L. ‘Gender Differences in Political Media Coverage: a Meta-Analysis'. Current version of the paper can be found here.


Aaldering, L., and Van der Pas, D.J. ‘Think Female Leader, Think...? A Cross-country Comparison of the Stereotypes of Male and Female Politicians'. Current version of the paper can be found here.