Alumni (National Fellow)

Christopher Schmidt

National Fellow
B.A. Dartmouth College (1996)
Ph.D. Harvard University (2004)
J.D. Harvard Law School (2007)
Professional Sectors:
Law/Legal Services
Dream Mentor:
Michael Klarman
Harvard University Law School
Fields of Interest:
African American History
American Political Development
Legal History


Christopher Schmidt has been a member of the Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty since 2008. Schmidt teaches in the areas of constitutional law, legal history, comparative constitutional law, and sports law. He has written on a variety of topics, including the historical development of the Fourteenth Amendment, the history of Brown v. Board of Education, the Tea Party as a constitutional movement, how Supreme Court Justices communicate with the American people, and the rise of free agency in Major League Baseball. He has published in leading law reviews and peer-review journals, among them Constitutional Commentary, Cornell Law Review, Law and History Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and UCLA Law Review. Schmidt is the author of “The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era” (University of Chicago Press, 2018). Schmidt earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Ph.D. in American studies and an M.A. in history from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He is also a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where he serves as the editor of Law & Social Inquiry, one of the leading peer-review journals in sociolegal studies.

Thesis Description:

Postwar Liberalism and the Origins of Brown v. Board of Education

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