BU Pardee School of Global Studies professor and EU expert Vivien Schmidt...
Assistant Professor of International Relations. (BA Lewis & Clark College; MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania).
Specialization: European Union; European Foreign and Security Policy; Comparative Politics; Defense Acquisition and Technology; Bureaucracy and Interest Groups; Computational Modeling and Simulation.
Kaija Schilde’s teaching and research interests include the politics of the European Union, particularly the emerging foreign and security policies of the EU, the political economy of defense and security industries, the linkages between public and private actors in Brussels, the historical and comparative dynamics of federalism, and European public opinion on EU politics. She has a government policy background in defense acquisition reform and transatlantic defense policies.
Her dissertation examines how the performance and quality of EU institutions is enhanced through public-private interactions between bureaucrats and organized interest groups. In studying the dynamics of everyday politics in Brussels, she focuses on the cases of European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) and immigration and border security policy.