Louise Davidson-Schmich, Ph.D.


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Louise K. Davidson-Schmich is Associate Professor of Political Science. In Spring 2016 she will be a Fulbright New Zealand US Scholar based at the Victoria University of Wellington. 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.

Her research interests include gender and politics as well as politics in long-term democracies and she is the author of the forthcoming book 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). In 2011 she edited a special issue of the journal German Politics entitled “Gender, Intersectionality, and the Executive Branch: The Case of Angela Merkel.” She is currently at work on an edited volume about minority women and policy making in Germany. 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 POL202: Introduction to Comparative Politics, POL344: Gender and Politics, POL381: Western European Politics and Government, POL569: LGBTI Politics, and POL581: Comparative Political Economy of Post-Industrial Democracies. She has served as the Director of the University of Miami Women and Gender Studies Program, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Political Science, a member of the Campus Fulbright Committee, and as the Vice President of UM Canterbury Preschool. She has spoken about her research to numerous audiences in the Miami area including the UM Women’s Commission, the Florida International University European Union Center of Excellence, the Rotary Club, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.   


European Politics, Gender and Politics and German Politics


POL 569 Politics, Law and Sexual Identity
WGS 410 Gender, Sex, and the Law


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