Dr. Tuuli-Marja Kleiner

Email: tuuli-marja.kleiner

Phone: +49 2331 987-2162

Room: C.2017

Tuuli-Marja Kleiner is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Hagen (Germany). In her awarded Master of Arts paper she analyzed the meaning of democratic values for citizens’ trust in decision-making institutions. In her doctoral thesis, Tuuli-Marja investigated whether cultural similarities between European nations foster mutual trust.

Her present research focuses on European citizenship, political identity and political behaviour. She is interested in the question of how cultural diversity affects aspects of citizenship. In the course of this, she treats the role of regional public opinion polarization for citizen’s political participation (published in the Swiss Political Science Review), or analyzes whether the subjective appreciation of European identity rests upon the awareness of cultural similarities (published by Routledge). Currently, she works on the question how economic/cultural attitudes form the citizens’ positioning on the left/right dimension.

Her teaching experience includes political/social trust, legitimacy and citizens’ support for political systems, political culture, participation and identity.

For more information, please, take a look on the pdf-file at the right side of this page.

Latest publications:


  • Kleiner, Tuuli-Marja: Regionale Einstellungspolarisierung und nicht-elektorale Partizipation [Regional attitude polarization and non-electoral participation]. In: Politische Psychologie 2016(2), pp. 193-214.
  • Kleiner, Tuuli-Marja: Führt Polarisierung zu politischem Engagement? [Does polarization lead to political engagement?]. In: Swiss Political Science Review 22(3), pp. 353-384.
    DOI: 10.1111/spsr.12215.
  • Kleiner, Tuuli-Marja: Why We Trust Other Nations. The Role of Cultural Values and Corruption in Generating Transnational Trust. In: Comparative Sociology 15(1), pp. 85-111.
    DOI: 10.1163/15691330-12341375.
  • Hirschle, Jochen/Kleiner, Tuuli-Marja: Tradierte und kommodifizierte Formen sozialer Partizipation [Traditional and commodified forms of social participation]. In: Soziale Welt 67(1), pp. 43-66.
    DOI: 10.5771/0038-6073-2016-1-43.
  • Westle, Bettina/Kleiner, Tuuli-Marja: Trust Towards Other People: Co-nationals, Europeans, People Outside Europe. In: Westle, Bettina/Segatti, Paolo (Eds.): European Identity in the Context of National Identity. Questions of Identity in Sixteen European Countries in the Wake of the Financial Crisis, Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 236-271.
    DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732907.003.0009.
  • Kleiner, Tuuli-Marja/Bücker, Nicola: Commonality and EU identification: The perception of value sharing as a foundation of European identity. In: Kaina, Viktoria/Karolewski, Ireneusz P./Kuhn, Sebastian (Eds.): European identity revisited. New approaches and recent evidence, London: Routledge, pp. 199-217.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781315714905.