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Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


David K. Schneider

Associate Professor of Chinese
Program Director *from Fall2016
Undergraduate Advisor (Chinese) *until Summer2016

Contact Information

Location: Herter 442
Phone:(413) 545-4954


Courses taught

Chinese 138 Religion in Chinese Culture
Chinese 153 Literature in Translation
Chinese 397S China in World Affairs
Chinese 450 Elementary Classical Chinese
Chinese 555 Classical Poetry
Chinese 597E Political Philosophy
Chinese 597K Buddhist and Taoist Literature
Chinese 670 Research Methods


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, East Asian Languages and Cultures
M.I.A., Columbia University, International Affairs
B.A., University of Colorado, Religious Studies


I have been teaching at UMass Amherst since 2007, having come by way of a rather circuitous route. Prior to my work at Berkeley and my position here, I was an officer of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, the branch of the American Foreign Service responsible for international trade and investment, with postings to the American Embassy in Beijing, China and the American Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. Before the Foreign Service, I served as an international trade analyst in the China Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. And in the private sector, I worked in international trade with China and Japan for Mitsubishi International Corporation and Chindex International, both in New York. The world of international affairs remains even now a core area of interest and research for me. But my professional experiences also rekindled my older interests in literature, philosophy, religion, and culture. So, I decided to go to Berkeley to take a doctorate in East Asian languages and cultures, where, after broad studies of Chinese literature and as much of the Japanese tradition as possible, I concentrated my research on the relationship between political philosophy and literature, particularly in the works of the great Tang poet Du Fu.

Research Interests

Classical Chinese literature, political philosophy, war and diplomacy, utopianism, religion, all in comparative perspective with other traditions, and Chinese and East Asian civilizations in contemporary international affairs


Confucian Prophet: Political Thought in Du Fu’s Poetry (752-757), Cambria Press, 2012.

Friedrich Bischoff's San tzu ching Explicated: the Classical Initiation to Classic Chinese Couplet I to XI (Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2005), China Review International: Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall 2006, p. 356-363.

“China and the Realities of Power in Asia,” Diplomatic Courier, Winter 2011, Issue 1, Volume 5, p. 40-42.

“The G8 Africa Partnership Must Face the Challenge of China,” G8 Deauville, France, May 2011, p. 78-80.

“Back to the Future?: China’s Sea of Foreign Exchange Reserves is Not New,” G20 Seoul Summit 2010, November, 2010, p. 58-59.

“Iran Sanctions: The View from Beijing,” Diplomatic Courier, Spring 2009, Issue 2, Volume 3, p. 35-37.

“The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A League of Autocracies?,”, August 2008

“Review of The Truman Doctrine: Address to a Joint Session of Congress
By Harry S. Truman, President of the United States,”, July 2008

"Power Plays" (with Jessica Madoc Jones and Guo Liming), The China Business Review, Volume 20, Number 6, November-December, 1993, p. 20-26.

"On Your Markā€¦" (with Jessica Madoc Jones and Guo Liming), The China Business Review, Volume 20, Number 6, November-December, 1993, p. 34-41.