Eric Schmidt

Dr. Eric Schmidt

Professor of Legal Studies & Political Science
Faculty Office Building


Hope College, BA, 2009. Political Science; Philosophy
Louisiana State University, MA, 2016. Philosophy
Louisiana State University, PhD, 2016. Political Science


Welcome Message and Background

Welcome to KWC Political Science and Legal Studies! My name is Eric Schmidt, I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Program Coordinator of both the Political Science and Legal Studies programs.

I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For my undergraduate instruction I attended Hope College, a small liberal arts school similar to KWC. At Hope, I majored in philosophy and politics. Upon finishing, torn between a PhD or a JD, I chose to pursue a PhD in Political Science at Louisiana State University. At LSU, I wrote my PhD thesis under Professor James R. Stoner, Jr. on American journalist Walter Lippmann and American political thought. I began my professorship at KWC in 2017 and I hope to spend my career here. I feel deeply blessed to be at an institution that cares about the liberal arts and I am passionate about passing that experience on to my students. I also enjoy serving as our Pre-Law Advisor and Fellowship Advisor for nationally competitive scholarship programs. In 2020 I married my wife, Avery. She is an Owensboro native, a KWC alum, and a recently graduated PharmD from the University of Kentucky. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, basketball, baseball, fishing, video games (strategy and RPGs), fitness, art, and literature.

Research Interests

American Politics and Political Institutions; Political Philosophy; History of Political Thought; Public Opinion and Mass Politics; Literature and Politics; Philosophy; Phenomenology; 20th Century Political Philosophy; Religion and Politics.

Courses Taught

American National Government

State and Local Government

Constitutional Law

Introduction to Law

International Relations

Comparative Politics

Public Administration

Populism, Media, and Rhetoric

Congress and the Legislative Process

The American Presidency

Campaigns and Elections

The Judiciary

American Political Thought

Modern Political Thought

Ancient Political Thought

Contemporary Political Thought

Survey of Political Thought

Senior Seminar

Internship in Government Operation – Supervision

Internship in Legal Assistance – Supervision