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Vivien A. Schmidt

Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair


Vivien A. Schmidt

Vivien Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and professor of international relations and political science at Boston University. At CES, Schmidt is co-chair of the European Union seminar. She has written widely on European political economy, institutions, and democracy and the role of ideas and discourse in political analysis. She is the author or editor of twelve books, including Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone (OUP 2019), Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy (with M. Thatcher, 2013), and Democracy in Europe (OUP 2006), named by the European Parliament as one of the ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember.’ Recent awards include decoration as Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor, the European Union Studies Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for her current project on the “Rhetoric of Discontent: A transatlantic comparison of the rise of populism.”


  • Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
  • Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University