Barbara Schneider

Barbara Schneider is the John A. Hannah Chair University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She worked for 18 years at the University of Chicago, holding positions as a Professor in Sociology and Human Development and as a senior researcher at NORC. Currently she continues to hold an appointment as a university faculty research associate at the University of Chicago and as senior fellow at NORC, where she is the principal investigator of the Center for Advancing Research and Communication in STEM. She also continues to direct the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work at Michigan State University, an initiative that began at the University of Chicago where she was the co-director. She uses a sociological lens to understand societal conditions and interpersonal interactions that create norms and values that enhance human and social capital. Her research focuses on how the social contexts of schools and families influence the academic and social well being of adolescents as they move into adulthood. Professor Schneider has published 15 books and over 100 articles and reports on family, social context of schooling, and sociology of knowledge. Presently, she is the Editor of Sociology of Education. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from National Louis University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.