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Kimberly D. Schmidt is professor of history and director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center. She received her Ph.D. in American history from Binghamton University in 1995. Publications include Magpie’s Blanket, a Women Writing the West WILLA Literary Awards Finalist, historical fiction category and Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History, from the Johns Hopkins University Press. Kimberly divides her research interests between Amish and Mennonite women’s social history and women’s histories of the Southern Cheyenne. She teaches local multicultural history in Washington, DC and is particularly interested in accessing the histories of social movements and poor people’s experiences through various visual and performing arts media. She has lived in the Washington area since 1989 and has two children.
BA, Bethel College (History & Peace Studies)
MA, Binghamton University (American History)
PHD, Binghamton University (American History)
“Christianizing and Civilizing the Heathen”: Gender and US Policy on the Cheyenne Missions, 1896-1934. Journal of Mennonite Studies (2020).
Magpie’s Blanket: A novel. University of New Mexico Press, 2016. Women Writing the West WILLA Literary Award Finalist, historical fiction category, 2017.
Editor, with Diane Zimmerman Umble and Steven D. Reschley, Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
*_Run Dirk, Run: Wrestling with the Willems Story_ in 606: Politics, culture, family and more. From a (mostly) Mennonite perspective. https://sixoh6.com/2018/03/26/run-dirk-run-wrestling-with-the-willems-story/ (March 2018)
“Step-Mothering on the Mennonite Mission Field: The Letters of Olga Petter Schroeder and Bertha Kinsinger Petter.” vol. 68, 2014. Mennonite Life. online.
Book Review of Mothering Mennonite. Rachel Epp Buller and Kerry Fast, eds. (Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press, 2013). vol. 68, 2014. Mennonite Life. online.
“Moneneheo and Naheverien: Cheyenne and Mennonite Sewing Circles, Convergences and Conflicts, 1890-1970.” 31:1 Great Plains Quarterly. (Winter 2011): 3-22.
Book Review of Mennonite Women in Canada: A History. By Marlene Epp. Mennonite Quartely Review. LXXXIV:1 (January 2010).
“The Selected Ones: Uncovering the Peaceful Women’s History of the Southern Cheyenne.” Mennonite Life 61:3 (Sept. 2006).
Book Review of Plain Women: Gender and Ritual in the Old Order River Brethren. By Margaret Reynolds. (December 2003) Journal of American History, pp. 1141-2.
Book Review of Hidden Worlds: Revisiting the Mennonite Migrants of the 1870s. By Royden Loewen. (Winter 2003). Great Plains Quarterly. pp. 56-7.
“You’ve Come A Long Way Baby or Was the Anger Worth It: Women in Leadership in the Mennonite Church.” (Summer 2003) MCC Women’s Concerns Report.
“Schism: Where Outside Women’s Work and Insider Dress Collided in an Amish Mennonite Church, “in Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
“Sacred Farming” versus “Working Out”: The Negotiated Lives of Conservative Mennonite Farm Women” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 2002.
With Steven D. Reschly, “A Women’s History for Anabaptist Traditions: A Framework of Possibilities, Possibly Changing the Framework.” vol. 18 Journal of Mennonite Studies, 2002, pp. 29-46.
“The Diverse Histories of Mennonite Women” Mennonite Yearbook (Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 1995).
With Marc A. Olshan, “Amish Women and the Feminist Conundrum” in War Against Progress: The Amish Struggle with Modernity, Donald B. Kraybill and Marc A. Olshan, eds. (University Press of New England, 1994).
“The North Newton Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom: Educating for Peace,” Mennonite Life, vol. 40, December, 1985.
Member of the Organization of American Historians, The Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, The Washington, DC Historical Society.
*Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries,” June 22-25, 2017.
*Mennonite/s Writing VII: Movement, Transformation, Place, March 2015.
*Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, May 2014.
*Mothering Mennonite, Bethel College, October 2013.
*Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, June 2011.
*Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, March, 2010.
*Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage, March 2009.
*Bridging Divides: Uniting the Church for Peacemaking, Anabaptist Peace Center of Washington, DC, April 11-12, 2008.