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Vivien A. Schmidt is Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, and founding director of the Center for the Study of Europe at Boston University.  She received her B. A. cum laude from Bryn Mawr College, her M.A. And Ph.D from the University of Chicago, and also attended Sciences Po, Paris.

Schmidt received an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) in 2008, was awarded the Franqui Interuniversity Chair, the most prestigious award in Belgium for foreign scholars, in 2008, and was named a Jean Monnet Chair by the European Union Commission in 2001. She was also decorated by the French government as a Chevalier in the Order of the Palmes Académiques, honored by the University of Massachusetts Boston with the Distinguished Scholar Award, and given a special award for her book, Democratizing France, at the Gaston Defferre Prize Ceremony in Marseilles. Her research awards and grants include Visiting Research Scholar at the Free University Berlin, the French National Research Council, and the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, a Volkswagen grant at the Max Planck Institute, Cologne, as well as Fulbright Fellowships held at Oxford University, the University of Paris, and a Fullbright-Hays pre-disseration fellowship held at Sciences Po, Paris.

Schmidt’s areas of scholarly interest are European political economy, institutions and democracy, as well as political and institutional theory.  Her books include the forthcoming Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy (co-ed with M. Thatcher—Cambridge 2013), Debating Political Identity and Legitimacy in the European Union (co-ed. with S. Lucarelli and F. Cerutti—Routledge, 2010), Democracy in Europe (Oxford 2006), Public Discourse and Welfare State Reform (V. Schmidt et al.) (Mets & Schilt, 2005), Policy Change and Discourse in Europe (co-ed with C. Radaelli– Routledge 2005), The Futures of European Capitalism (Oxford 2002), Welfare and Work in the Open Economy (co-author vol. 1, co-ed vol. 2 with Fritz W. Scharpf—Oxford 2000); From State to Market?  The Transformation of French Business and Government (Cambridge l996), and Democratizing France (Cambridge l990).  She is also the author of over one hundred chapters in books and articles published in journals such as the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative European Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, European Political Science Review, Governance, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Perspectives on Politics, Revue Française de Science Politique, and World Politics.  Her current empirical work centers on the impact of the European Union on the quality of member-state democracy and the impact of the economic crisis on European capitalisms and welfare states while her current theoretical work explores explanations of institutional change, in particular with regard to the role of ideas and discursive interactions (discursive institutionalism).

Schmidt has held appointments as professor at the University of Massachusetts/Boston and as visiting professor at a number of major European universities and institutes, including Sciences Po in Paris, LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, the European University Institute in Florence, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Copenhagen Business School and Roskilde University in Denmark, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, and the Universities of Paris and Lille. She has also been visiting scholar at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Warwick University, and at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, where she is currently a faculty affiliate and chair of the Study Group on the Future of the EU.

Professor Schmidt is past head of the European Union Studies Association-USA. At BU she is founding Director of the Center for the Study of Europe, and previously directed the Center for International Relations. She was also founding Director of the European Studies program at UMass as well as Director of the Center for Democracy and Development of the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs, running grant programs in Francophone Africa and Southern Africa. She consults widely on issues related to European governance, democracy, and political economy.  She is also an accomplished fine art photographer, with recent solo exhibitions in New York and Florence (see her photo website at www.vivienschmidt.com).