Prof Hermann Schmitt - personal details
Hermann Schmitt received his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in 1986 from the University of Duisburg, where he taught methods of social research between 1983 and 1987. His doctoral dissertation (Neue Politik in alten Parteien, published in 1987 at Westdeutscher Verlag) analysed the determinants of partisan responsiveness in view of changing societal demands. Between 1987 and 1997, he was the head of reasearch, later the director, of the ZEUS institute (Zentrum für Europäische Umfrageanalysen und Studien) at the University of Mannheim, and as such an advisor of the Eurobarometer service of the European Commission. He received a venia legendi in 1999 from the Free University of Berlin (Dr. rer. pol. habil.) with a study on issue voting and political representation (Politische Repräsentation in Europa, published in 2001 at Campus Verlag). He served as a Privatdozent at the Free University of Berlin between 1999 and 2008, when he moved his academic status (by way of Umhabilitation) to the University of Mannheim. In Mannheim, he has been a Research Fellow at the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung from 1990 on. In 2011, he accepted a call to a Chair in Electoral Politics at Manchester University (part time), and is dividing his time between Manchester and Mannheim since then.
He was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan (1996-7), Science Po Paris (2001-2), the Australian National University (2003), the IAS in Vienna (2005), and the UAM in Madrid (2008).