Louise Davidson-Schmich, Ph.D.


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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.


Gender and Sexuality Politics
German and European Politics



Gender, Intersections, and Institutions
Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation
Becoming Party Politicians

Academic Blog Posts

How does the US compare with other countries in terms of women’s representation?, Vox
Angela Merkel, Her Opponents, and Marriage Equality in Germany, IASGP
What Germany’s Gender Quotas for Candidates Can Teach Us about Its Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards, IASGP


POL 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 344/INS 344/WGS 344 Gender and Politics
POL 381 West European Politics
POL 382 Government and Politics of the Federal Republic of Germany
POL 569/WSG 469 LGBTI Politics
WGS 410 Gender, Sex, and the Law


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