Ben Schmack is a PhD student in the Department of American Studies. His research interests include labor radicalism, political extremism, immigration, and ethnicity in the 20th century United States. His current work focuses more specifically on physical and rhetorical clashes between Communist activists and the KKK. Before coming to KU in 2015, he earned his B.S. and M.A in History at Northern Illinois University. When he is not researching, Ben enjoys bad movies and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs.
- KU Summer Research Scholarship Recipient (2018)
- Best PhD Paper Prize Winner, NIU HGSA Conference (Fall 2016)
- Katzman-Yetman Graduate Paper Prize Winner, MAASA Conference (Spring 2016)