Louise K. Davidson-Schmich


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About Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

Louise K. Davidson-Schmich is Professor of Political Science. Davidson-Schmich came to UM in 2000 after receiving her PhD and MA in political science from Duke University and completing her undergraduate degree in international relations at Brown University. In 2016 she was a New Zealand Fulbright US Scholar at the Victoria University of Wellington.

Her research interests include gender and politics as well as politics in long-term democracies. She is the author of Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation: Recruiting Candidates for Elective Office in Germany (University of Michigan, 2016) as well as Becoming Party Politicians: Eastern German State Legislators in the Decade Following Unification (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006). Davidson-Schmich is also the editor of Gender, Intersections, and Institutions: Intersectional Groups Building Alliances and Gaining Voice in Germany (University of Michigan, 2017) and of a 2011 special issue of the journal German Politics entitled “Gender, Intersectionality, and the Executive Branch: The Case of Angela Merkel.” Davidson-Schmich is a member of the executive committee of the International Association for the Study of German Politics and serves on the editorial boards of Women, Politics and Policy, German Politics, German Politics and Society, and the German Studies Association’s Spektrum book series. She has published in journals including Party Politics, The Journal of Legislative Studies, and Democratization and been awarded funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright, and the National Science Foundation’s Advance program (called SEEDS at the University of Miami).

At the University of Miami, Dr. Davidson-Schmich regularly teaches Introduction to Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, Western European Politics and Government, LGBTI Politics, and Comparative Political Economy of Post-Industrial Democracies.



1990B.A. Political Science, Brown University
1995 Political Science, Duke University
1999Ph.D. Political Science, Duke University

Professional Experience

2000 - 2007 Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Miami
2007 - 2017Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Miami
2014 - 2015Program Director Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Miami
2017 - Professor of Political Science, University of Miami