Professor of History; Department Chair History
Born and raised in New Orleans, Dr. Schutz graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, and then spent two years in California as part of a religious volunteer program (working at a food bank and an AIDS agency). He then spent four and a half years as a juvenile hall chaplain in Oakland, California. The issues he encountered in his community work formulated the questions he sought to explore as he entered graduate school studies. After completing a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in American history, he moved on to attain his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in 1999. For six months of that time, Schutz also worked as a researcher on a Watergate documentary, reporting to former Nixon administration chief domestic adviser, John Ehrlichman.
Specializing in the study of race and southern history as well as American social and cultural history in the 1960s and 1970s, Schutz is the author of the biography, Jackie Robinson: An Integrated Life (May 2016). He is currently completing “Going to Hell to Get the Devil”: The 1972 Charlotte Three Trial and the Fate of the Freedom Struggle in a Sunbelt City (now under contract with LSU Press), which probes the question of the causes of the Civil Rights Movement’s decline through the prism of a controversial 1972 trial against Black Power activists. Schutz teaches a variety of courses on American history (particularly on aspects of the twentieth century) including “The Reagan Revolution,” “‘Like Writing History with Lightning’: History of American Cinema,” “The Rise and Fall of American Liberalism: 1960-1980,” and “Stories of Freedom: Civil Rights Movement Biography.”