Kenneth Dau-Schmidt is the Carr Professor of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington. He earned his BA (Economics and Political Science) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a JD, MS (Economics) and PhD (Economics) from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. After practicing law for four years, Professor Dau-Schmidt has held tenured positions at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Indiana University-Bloomington.
Professor Dau-Schmidt is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on the subjects of labor and employment law, antitrust law and the economic analysis of legal problems.
His innovative teaching methods using classroom simulations have been widely featured in publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, the Chicago Sun-Times, the National Jurist, and the Indiana Daily Student. In 2003, he was awarded the Leon H. Wallace Award, Indiana Law’s top teaching prize, and IU’s Sylvia Bowman Award for Teaching Excellence. He received the Excellence in Education Award of the Industrial Relations Research Association in 2004.
He is author of seven books and numerous articles on labor and employment law and the economic analysis of law, and he frequently presents papers at academic conferences and law schools across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has also done theoretical and empirical work on antitrust penalties and deterrence. In 1990, he received the Scholarly Paper Award from the Association of American Law Schools for his work on the economic analysis of the criminal law as a preference-shaping policy.
Involved in several national academic associations, Dau-Schmidt was elected to the National Council of the American Association of University Professors and appointed to serve on the executive and litigation committees of that organization. He is the past chair of the Labor Law Group and has chaired the Association of American Law School sections on the Economic Analysis of Law and Socio-Economics. In addition, he has served in various capacities on the executive committee of the AALS section on Labor and Employment Law and the Industrial Relations Research Association’s section on Labor and Employment Law. He is also a founder of the Midwest Law and Economics Association.
Professor Dau-Schmidt has been fortunate enough to be invited to teach at various European and Asian universities, including Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany; Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen, Germany; and Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) in Paris. He has been an affiliated faculty member with Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzen, China since April of 2010.