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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 served as president of HGSO while he was a student here, and was instrumental in restructuring our graduate program.  His sincerity, good sense, imaginative teaching, and keen historical mind earned him the admiration of everyone who knew him.   He was an exemplary graduate student in his time with us, and he became an exemplary faculty member.  He represented the very best our department has to offer. 

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.

Please also visit this GoFundMe site for ways to support Ethan's family and honor his memory.

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