The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Helen Schneider, an associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, for her study of modern China.
Recently serving as an invited research associate at the University of Oxford, Schneider worked on a team project titled “The Persistence of Conflict: China's War with Japan: Experience, Legacy, and Memory, 1931 to the Present.”
Schneider's research focused on the Sino-Japanese War's impact on ideas of gender and social reform in China, and she assisted in investigations into the lasting effects on the war on Chinese identity.
Her Oxford experience enabled her to look more closely at women’s wartime mobilization during the World War II period and she has begun work in the area of social welfare and post-war reconstruction.
She’s also begun to examine how post-war relief providers disrupted and maintained ideas about national formation and gender in the processes of reconstructing China after Japanese occupation.
Schneider hopes to add new historical and theoretical analyses to an ongoing conversation between scholars and relief providers about the role of post-war international aid in the reconstruction, and re-shaping, of nations disrupted by conflict.
In addition, Schneider explores women's education in the Republican period, specifically looking at the shifts in women's roles in the home and the developments of domestic science education (home economics) from the Republican Period (1911-1949) to the early People's Republic of China.
She teaches classes on modern East Asia and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and has attended language training centers including The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan; the Beijing Languages Institute; and the CET Language Training Center in Harbin, China.
Schneider earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. She served as a visiting junior scholar at the University of Nanjing for dissertation research. Her bachelor's degree is in Asian Studies and History from Swarthmore College.