Peter Schmidt is Professor emeritus of social science methodology at the University of Giessen, Member of their International Centre for Development and Environmental Research(ZEU) and Research fellow at the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine of the University of Mainz.
His research concentrates on foundations and applications of generalized latent variable models, especially structural equation models. Applications include cross-country, repeated cross-sections, and panel data. The substantive topics deal with values, attitudes toward minorities, national identity and innovation and the reasoned action approach. He is together with A. Heath, E. Green, E. Davidov and A. Ramos member of the Question Design Team for the immigration module of the ESS 2014 and the ESS 2024.