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, 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.

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

Recent stories

“Robert Habeck: German Greens’ almost-candidate”: Politico Europe, July 2021

“How the Greens go mainstream”: Tortoise Media, July 2021

“East Germany Is Still A Country of Its Own”: Foreign Policy, July 2021

“The rise and fall of Heinz-Christian Strache, Austria’s far-right firebrand”: Politico Europe, July 2021

“Protests as Austria grapples with violence against women”: The Associated Press, June 2021

“Inside the rise of ‘Free Speech’ anti-censorship platforms across Central Europe”: Rest of World, May 2021

“A Refugee Who Fought Back Against the Hard Right”: The New York Times, April 2021

“Germany’s Far Right is Only Getting More Radical”: Slate, April 2021