Christopher W. Schmidt is a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is also the associate dean for Faculty Development, the Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar, and co-director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Professor Schmidt is an expert on U.S. legal and constitutional history. His research focuses on the relationship between intellectual history, social movements, and constitutional change in the twentieth century. Additionally, his current research looks at the egalitarian constitutionalism of the civil rights movement; and the libertarian constitutionalism that has gained traction with the rise of populist conservatism in recent decades.
He is currently working on a new book project, “Civil Rights: An American History,” which examines how Americans have struggled over the meaning of the term civil rights from the Civil War through today.
Professor Schmidt is editor of the ABF’s Law & Social Inquiry, a leading peer-reviewed academic journal in sociolegal studies. He holds a Ph.D. in American studies from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.