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About Patrick Schmidt

Schmidt's teaching and research interests range widely in the category of "all things legal," but begin in constitutional law and judicial behavior, and find their home in what is known as the "law and society" tradition. A special interest is lawyers: what they do, what they think they do, and what they say they think they do.
Schmidt also conducts research into bureaucracies and government regulation of society. His current projects including the study of disclosure and Freedom of Information, collegiality on the Supreme Court, and human rights litigation in the U.S.
Schmidt has been teaching at Macalester since 2006.
EDUCATION: B.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University


Present Professor and Chair, Political Science, Macalester College


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  • US Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
  • US Constitutional Law

Contact Information

Macalester College
Carnegie 207C
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6147


Journal Articles (12)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (2)

Presentations (2)