Elizabeth Schmidt, Ph.D.

  • Academic Focus History, African History

Elizabeth Schmidt, Ph.D., implements service in her courses because she believes community engagement prepares students for the real world. In her history and African history classes, students can expect to work with refugees, asylees, and other immigrant children through Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice. “Students who have participated in service-learning have been enriched by a heightened awareness of the world around them, an opportunity to challenge previously unquestioned beliefs and assumptions, and a chance to hone their teaching and mentoring skills.” Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in African History, Master of Arts in African History and in Comparative World History, and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research analyzes the impact of foreign intervention on the African continent, from the Cold War to the War on Terror. “Loyola stresses the ‘examined life of the intellectual’ as a prerequisite for positive social action. The University’s goal—to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world—is at the root of what I do as a professor of African history,” says Dr. Schmidt, who has been teaching at Loyola since 1991. 

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Elizabeth Schmidt, Ph.D.
My goal in the classroom is to open my students up to new ways of seeing the world, exposing them to different value systems and world views, sensitizing them to the humanity of ‘the other’ and the validity of other cultures.

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