Emily Schultheis is a freelance journalist and recent fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs, based between Vienna and Berlin. She writes primarily about German and Austrian politics and the rise of populist far-right parties across Europe.


Over the course of her political reporting career, Emily’s work has appeared in The AtlanticThe New York Times, Politico, The Guardian, Politico Europe, The Associated Press, Foreign Policy, National Geographic, Slate, BBC Online, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, National Journal, Der Tagesspiegel, Deutsche Welle and Spiegel International, among others.

From 2011 to 2017, Emily covered U.S. national politics and elections from Washington, first for Politico and then for the National Journal and CBS News. She is also a previous recipient of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, and the East-West Center Jefferson Fellowship for her reporting on international politics and populism.

Emily, a San Francisco Bay Area native, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her journalistic work, she is currently studying for a master’s degree in Nationalism Studies at Central European University in Vienna.

Get in touch: contact [at] emilyrschultheis [dot] com.

Recent stories

“Europe’s Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise”: The Associated Press, November 2021

“At last, a real challenge to Orbán”: Tortoise Media, November 2021

“Austria begins national lockdown to fight surging infections”: The Associated Press, November 2021

“The fall of Austria’s Sebastian Kurz has lessons for every democracy”: Tortoise Media, October 2021

“Being a Woman in German Politics Still Isn’t Easy. Annalena Baerbock’s Rise and Fall Shows Why.” Politico Magazine, September 2021

“Far-right AfD in German election: Less fuss but still a force”: Politico Europe, September 2021

“As Germany prepares for a historic election, far-right leaders are embracing Trump’s Big Lie”: Coda Story, September 2021

“Spymaster, provocateur… MP? Merkel tormentor runs for German parliament”: Politico Europe, August 2021

“As Germany’s secret-police archive shutters, reckoning for its victims continues”: National Geographic, August 2021