Remembering Ethan Schmidt, Ph.D.
With great sadness, the History Department honors the memory of Ethan Schmidt, a 2007 PhD recipient from our department. Ethan, now a history professor at Delta State University in Mississippi, was shot and killed by a gunman on campus September 14.
Ethan published two books, Native Americans in the American Revolution: How the War Divided, Devastated, and Transformed the Early American Indian World (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2014) and The Divided Dominion: Social Conflict and Indian Hatred in Early Virginia (Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, 2015). These publications grew out of his Ph.D. studies.
Ethan leaves behind a wife, Liz, and three children—Connor, Dylan, and Brianna. All of us who knew him mourn this loss and treasure his memory.
- The American Historical Association's profile of Dr. Schmidt
- Former KU professor Jonathan Earle remembers Dr. Schmidt
- Dr. Schmidt honored by fellow KU alums
- Dr. Schmidt's obituary
- Pictures of Ethan
- The Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage
- Professor Paul Kelton's eulogy of Dr. Schmidt, delivered at his funeral September 19, 2015
- Delta State students and faculty pay tribute to Dr. Schmidt
Please also visit this GoFundMe site for ways to support Ethan's family and honor his memory.