Schmidt’s research focuses on democracy and the challenges of populism in the US and Europe, on European political economy and institutions, and on ideas and discourse in political analysis. Her latest book is Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone (Oxford 2020), recipient of the 2021 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association’s Ideas, Knowledge, Politics section. Her earlier book, Democracy in Europe (Oxford 2006)—was named in 2015 by the European Parliament as one of the ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember.’
Vivien Schmidt received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, her Masters and PhD from the University of Chicago, and attended Sciences Po in Paris. Honors and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the European Union Studies Lifetime Achievement Award, an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Brussels (ULB), the Belgian Franqui Interuniversity Chair for foreign scholars, a Rockefeller Bellagio Center Residency, and Fulbright Fellowships to France and the UK. She is also a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor.