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 share your memories of Dr. Schmidt with us. Feel free to submit any memories or pictures you may have via this form, which we will then compile into an online memorial for Ethan's family.
The History Department is also looking to set up a scholarship or donation set in Ethan's name. More details to follow so please check back with us in the coming weeks.
Please also visit this GoFundMe site for ways to support Ethan's family and honor his memory.