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 the rise of populist far-right parties and threats to democracy 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, TIME, Slate, BBC Online, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, National Journal, Coda Story, 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, holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Nationalism Studies from Central European University.

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

Recent stories

“Germany’s winter of rage”: Prospect Magazine, September 2022

“Austria jolted by suicide of a doctor assailed for defending evidence-based Covid medicine”: Coda Story, August 2022

“How Germany Is Preparing for a Looming Energy Crisis”: TIME, July 2022

“The pandemic canceled this German community’s once-a-decade play. Now the show must go on.” Lonely Planet, June 2022

“Center-right CDU wins big in state election in Germany”: Associated Press, May 2022

“Hungary’s Minority Parties Teamed Up. It May Not Be Enough To Take Down Orbán”: Politico Magazine, March 2022