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Paul Schmitz

  • Senior Lecturer
Academic Division: History & Society
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Bio

Paul Schmitz received his Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University in 2006. He has been a member of the History and Society Division at Babson College since the fall of 2006 and has taught courses on the Modern American City, the History and Culture of American Business, and Immigration and Race. His research focuses on issues of ethnic identity within the Italian and immigrant communities of New York City. Prof. Schmitz has also taught in the Babson Undergraduate Semester in San Francisco Program and served as the BUS-SF Program's faculty director.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Boston University
  • BA, University of California at Davis

Academic Interest / Expertise

American Culture and the Arts; American Business History; Immigration; Modern American History; Urban Studies

Awards & Honors

  • 2002 — Rallis Memorial Award, Boston University Humanities Foundation
  • 2001 — Earhart Fellowship, Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University
  • 2000 — Museum Fellowship, American Decorative Arts Department, Peabody-Essex Museum
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2022

    • FCI 1000 FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL INQUIRY
    • SES 2000 SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
    • CVA 2026 IMMIGRANTS RACE AND AMERICAN PROMISE
    • HSS 2058 THE MODERN AMERICAN CITY
  • Degree Courses 2021

    • FCI 1000 FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL INQUIRY
    • HSS 2080 SOCIO ECOLOGICAL URBAN SYSTEMS
    • NST 2080 SOCIO ECOLOGICAL URBAN SYSTEMS
    • CVA 2026 IMMIGRANTS RACE AM P
    • HSS 2058 THE MODERN AMER CITY

Presentations

  • "The Global Apple: Korean Grocers as Myth and Symbol in 1980s New York" Schmitz, P. New England American Studies Association Annual Conference, Lowell, MA (2018)
  • “Pedagogy of Place: Strategies for Putting the City on the Syllabus.” Wynstra, C. Schmitz, P. Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching, Bethesda (2018)
  • "Leap of Faith" Schmitz, P. Faculty Reflection, Baccalaureate Service for Babson Graduation, Babson College (2017)
  • "On Service and Teaching" Schmitz, P. Babson Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Babson College (2015)
  • Urban Pastorals and American Dreams: Narratives of Business and Identity in New York’s Italian Community Schmitz, P. New England American Studies Association Annual Conference, Plymouth, MA (2011)
  • "A History of American Immigration" Schmitz, P. Boston Public Schools/Teaching American History Professional Development Seminar, Boston, MA (2011)
  • "Individuals Who Influenced the Business of Fashion" Schmitz, P. Business History Conference Annual Meeting, Milan, Italy (2009)
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Department & College Wide Services

  • Faculty Advisor, Babson-Olin Catholic Association (Spring 2021 - Present)
  • Honors Council (Spring 2021 - Present)
  • Academic Integration Committee, Tariq Farid Franchise Institute (Winter 2021 - Present)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum Subcommittee, Framing the Future of Undergraduate Learning at Babson College (Fall 2019 - Present)
  • A&H/H&S First-Year Program Review Committee (Fall 2017 - Present)
  • Faculty Advisor, Babson-Olin Catholic Association (Fall 2017 - Present)
  • Fall Undergraduate Awards Committee (Fall 2021 - Fall 2021)
  • Faculty Advisor, Babson-Olin Catholic Association (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)
  • Honors Council (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)
  • Interviewer for Weissman Scholars Program, Class of 2023 (Spring 2019 - Spring 2019)
  • Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing Committee (Spring 2019 - Spring 2019)
  • Honors Council (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)
  • Committee to Choose Senior-Led Seminars (Fall 2017 - Fall 2017)
  • Fall Undergraduate Awards Committee (Fall 2017 - Fall 2017)
  • First Year Seminary Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Spring 2017 - Spring 2017)
  • Senate Executive Committee Charge, Course Evaluation Committee (Spring 2017 - Spring 2017)
  • Committee to Choose Senior-Led Seminars (Fall 2016 - Fall 2016)
  • Fall Undergraduate Awards Committee (Fall 2016 - Fall 2016)
  • First Year Seminar Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Spring 2016 - Fall 2016)
  • Class of 2020 Weissman Scholarships (Spring 2016 - Spring 2016)
  • Wooten Prize for Excellence in Writing (Spring 2016 - Spring 2016)