Gerald Schneider, born in 1962 in Zürich, is Professor of International Politics and Executive Editor of “European Union Politics”. His main areas of research are European Union decision making, the causes and consequences of armed violence, the international political economy of financial markets, bargaining theory and conflict management. Schneider defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Zürich in 1991, worked as post-doc at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) for two years and was an assistant professor (1992 – 1995) at the Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales in Geneva. Before joining the faculty at Konstanz in 1997, he was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Stuttgart (1996-1997), Program Director at the University of Berne (1994 – 1997) and visiting professor at Konstanz. Gerald Schneider has also been visiting scholar at Università Bocconi (Visiting Research Professor), Charles University Prague, Harvard University, University of Kobe, Sciences Po Paris (Grosser Chair) and Università Siena. He has published around 180 articles in various journals and volumes. Schneider is a former President of the European Political Science Association (2013-2015) and Vice President of the International Studies Association (2003-2004) and has acted as Program Chair for the 50th annual convention of ISA in New York City in 2009. He has worked as a consultant and referee for numerous organizations, including the World Bank and the U.S. National Science Foundation. He has served for various selection committees of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation since 2007 and is a former member of the scientific board of the Swiss Network of International Studies. Besides his native German, Schneider speaks English as well as French and survives in Italian and Danish.