Ben Schmack

PhD Student
Primary office:
2012 Wescoe Hall

Ben Schmack is a PhD student in the Department of American Studies. His research interests include labor radicalism, repression, immigration, ethnicity, and working-class formation in the 20th century United States. His current work focuses more specifically on communist activism and labor repression in the coalfields of southern Illinois during the 1920s and 1930s. 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 mocking bad movies, listening to music, and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs.


  • Best PhD Paper Prize Winner, NIU HGSA Conference (Fall 2016)
  • Katzman-Yetman Graduate Paper Prize Winner, MAASA Conference (Spring 2016)
  • Hayter Young Summer Research Grant, NIU (Summer 2014)

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