Congratulations to Dr. Schmidt for receiving two book awards in 2008. Her 2007 book, Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946-1958, won the 2008 Best Book Award of the African Politics Conference Group, an affiliate of the American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and African Studies Association. Her 2005 book, Mobilizing the Masses: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Nationalist Movement in Guinea, 1939-1958, won the 2008 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award for history. The competition included books published from 2005-2007 by faculty from 29 Jesuit colleges and universities. This is not the first time that Dr. Schmidt was recognized by Alpha Sigma Nu. Her 1992 book, Peasants, Traders, and Wives: Shona Women in the History of Zimbabwe, 1870-1939, was awarded Special Mention in an earlier book competition.
The book awards follow Schmidt's receipt of Loyola's 2007 Nachbahr Award, recognizing her outstanding scholarly accomplishment in the Humanities, and a 2008 Deans' Symposium award recognizing her outstanding achievement in research, teaching, and service. Schmidt's office wall is getting crowded with plaques!