Vivien Schmidt, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, gave several recent talks on a range of topics including the European Union’s legitimacy and the Eurozone crisis.
On October 22, 2019 Schmidt spoke at Harvard’s Center for European Studies as part of a conference entitled “Europe’s Travails: Forging a French-German Response in an Era of Transatlantic Challenges.” In her panel, “Franco-German Responses in a Transatlantic Perspective,” Schmidt spoke about the challenges to the legitimacy of the European Union as a result of policy crises such as the Eurozone crisis and the political crisis related to the rise of populism.
Schmidt was also a featured speaker for an October 23, 2019 webinar of the RECONNECT Horizon 2020 project during which she presented her forthcoming book with Oxford University Press: Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone.
On October 25, 2019 Schmidt was a keynote speaker at the annual International Political Economy symposium held at Middlebury College on ‘The Euro at 20: Past, Present, and Future.” Schmidt presented on “Europe’s (euro) Crisis of Legitimacy and the Populist Backlash.”
Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Boston University. Her research focuses on European political economy, institutions, democracy, and political theory. She has published a dozen books, over 200 scholarly journal articles or chapters in books, and numerous policy briefs and comments, most recently on the Eurozone crisis. Her current work focuses on democratic legitimacy in Europe, with a special focus on the challenges resulting from the Eurozone crisis, and on methodological theory, in particular on the importance of ideas and discourse in political analysis (discursive institutionalism). She is a 2018 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for a US-EU comparative study of the ‘rhetoric of discontent.’ She is a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor — France’s highest honor.