Dr. Claire Schmidt

Assistant Professor of English
Honors Program Director
Division of Communications, Humanities and Human Services
Ferguson Center, 214
660-831-4223

Dr. Claire Schmidt is an assistant professor of English and the director of the MVC Honors Program. She teaches courses in British and World literature and writing. Her areas of literary expertise include early medieval British literature (Anglo Saxon hagiography and oral tradition), Chaucer, postcolonial British fiction, and global mystery fiction. Claire specializes in creative nonfiction, public writing, and grant writing. As a folklorist, Claire’s research is focused on the everyday, specifically occupational humor and foodways and race. She is the author of If You Don’t Laugh You’ll Cry: The Occupational Humor of White Wisconsin Prison Workers (2017, University of Wisconsin Press) and has published her research in Western Folklore, Digest: A Journal of Foodways and Culture, Oral Tradition, as well as in edited collections, including Reading Mystery Science Theatre: Critical Approaches and History of Folklore Studies in the United States and Canada

  • PhD in English with a concentration in folklore, oral tradition, and cultural studies, University of Missouri
  • MA in English, University of Missouri
  • BA in English, University of Wisconsin, Madison