Hans-Dieter Klingemann earned his academic degrees from the University of Cologne (1966: Dr. rer. pol.) and from the University of Mannheim (1978: Dr. habil.). He has held academic positions at the University of Cologne (1966-74), the Center for Survey Research (ZUMA), Mannheim (1974-80), the Free University of Berlin (1980-2002), the Collegium Civitas, Warsaw (2001-2005), the Social Science Research Center Berlin (1989-2003), New York University Abu Dhabi (2012), and the Bahcesehir, Istanbul (2013- ). Professor Klingemann has also taught political science at the University of Bonn (1972/73), the University of Tübingen (1976/77), the University of Michigan (1970, 1974, 1987, 1997), the University of Georgia (1973), the European University Institute, Florence (1978), the State University of New York, Binghamton, N.Y. (1987), the Virginia Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia (1988/89), the Institut d' Études Politiques de Paris 1999, 2003-2005), and the Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. Since 1995 he is a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine, and since 2005 of the Centre d’Etudes Européennes, Sciences Po, Paris. In 2014 he was appointed Research Associate at the Centre for International and Comparative Politics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In April and May 2012 he was a Visiting Fellow of the School of Politics and International Relations, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU College of Arts and Sciences at The Australian National University. In the fall of 2012 he took the position of Global Professor of Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. From March to May 2013 and from April to May 2015 he has been a fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa. Currently he acts as an advisor to the Bahcesehir University Istanbul and as Rector of BAU International Berlin, University of Applied Sciences.
In the profession Professor Klingemann has served as Vice-President (1982/83) and President of the International Society of Political Psychology (1986/87), as member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (1988-94), as Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (1994-97), as President of the German Paul Lazarsfeld-Society (1994-99), and as President of the European Political Science Network (2002-2005).
Publications comprise numerous books (13), edited volumes (25) and more than 160 journal articles or book chapters (author or co-author). Among his English language book publications are:
- Andrea Volkens et al, eds. 2013. Mapping Policy Preferences from Texts III. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Dieter Fuchs and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, eds. 2011. Cultural Diversity, European Identity and the Legitimacy of the EU. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
- Yilmaz Esmer, Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Bi Puranen, eds. 2009. Religion, Democratic Values and Political Conflict. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Uppsaliensis,
- Hans-Dieter Klingemann, ed. 2009. The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Russell J. Dalton and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, eds. 2007. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Hans-Dieter Klingemann, ed. 2007. The State of Political Science in Western Europe. Opladen: Barbara Budrich.
- Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Andrea Volkens, Ian Budge, Judith Bara, and Michael D. McDonald. 2006. Mapping Policy Preferences II: Parties, Electorates and Governments in Eastern Europe and the OECD 1990-2003. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Dieter Fuchs and Jan Zielonka, eds. 2006. Democracy and Political Culture in Eastern Europe. London: Routledge.
- Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Andrea Roemmele, eds. 2001. Public Information Campaigns. London: Sage Publications.
- Ian Budge, Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Andrea Volkens et al. 2001. Mapping Policy Preferences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Robert E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, eds. 1996. A New Handbook of Political Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Dieter Fuchs, eds. 1995. Citizens and the State. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Richard I. Hofferbert, and Ian Budge. 1994. Parties, Policies, and Democracy. Boulder, Colorado: Westview
- M. Kent Jennings, Jan van Deth et al. 1990. Continuities in Political Action. Berlin: DeGruyter.
- Samuel H. Barnes, Max Kaase et al. 1979. Political Action. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
In 1999 Professor Klingemann was elected foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and in 2001 he became member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina). He is also Honorary Senator of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and doctor honoris causa in Philosophy of Örebro Universitet, Sweden, and doctor honoris causa of the Social Sciences of the Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands. He was presented the John G. Diefenbaker Award by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2008. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR).
His current research interest is in the field of political parties, party systems, democratic politics, and the development of political science as a discipline.