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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 has also served as the editor of the ABF's Law & Social Inquiry since 2013. He has published in leading law reviews and peer-review journals; his article "Divided by Law: The Sit-Ins and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement" (Law and History Review, 2015) won the 2014 Association of American Law Schools' Scholarly Papers Competition and the 2016 American Society for Legal History Surrency Prize.

Professor Schmidt is the author of The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era (University of Chicago Press, 2018). He is currently completing a new book project, Civil Rights: An American History, which examines how Americans have struggled over the meaning of civil rights from the Civil War through today.

He holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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