Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, PhD

Louise K. Davidson-Schmich is a professor of political science at the University of Miami, where she has been since earning her PhD at Duke University in 1999; she is also Co-Editor of German Politics. Her research focuses on gender and politics, especially in the German context. She is the author of Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation: Recruiting Candidates for Elective Office in Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2016). Davidson-Schmich was awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship (1996-1997) for research on budget politics at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She subsequently received funding for a follow-up visit to Germany, this time at the University of Bremen’s Zentrum Gender Studies. She also hosted an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Kolleg on the subject of German Chancellor Angela Merkel that resulted in a 2011 special issue of German Politics

In recent years, she and Dr. David Abraham have served as co-Humboldtians on Campus at the University of Miami. As an HoC, Davidson-Schmich hosted fellow Humboldtian Dr. Kathrin Zippel who spoke on the topic, “Climbing Glass Fences: Women in Global Science.” Davidson-Schmich serves on the editorial boards of The European Journal of Politics and GenderGerman Politics and Society, and Women, Politics, and Policy. She is also a member of the executive board of the International Association for the Study of German Politics and a former Board member of the German Studies Association.