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Christopher Schmidt

Christopher Schmidt researches U.S. legal and constitutional history, with a focus on the relationship between intellectual history, social movements, and constitutional change in the twentieth century.  He is an Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and Co-Director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States at Chicago Kent College of Law. He is also the editor of the ABF's Law & Social Inquiry.  He holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Schmidt was appointed as a Faculty Fellow of the ABF in 2011.

His book on the student lunch counter sit-in movement of 1960—titled The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Erawas published in April 2018 by the University of Chicago Press. He is currently working on two new book projects: Civil Rights: An American History and Constructing Brown V. Board of Education, 1944-2007.



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