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


David K. Schneider

Assistant Professor of Chinese
Undergraduate Advisor (Chinese)

Contact Information

Location: Herter 442
Phone:(413) 545-4954
Email: dkschneider at


Courses taught

Chinese 450 Elementary Classical Chinese
Chinese 451 Intermediate Classical Chinese
Chinese 555 Classical Chinese Poetry
Chinese 570 Research in Chinese Studies
Chinese 153 Chinese Literature
Chinese 197s China in World Affairs
Chinese 497e Chinese for International Affairs


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


David K. Schneider's primary field of research is pre-modern political thought and literature. His book Confucian Prophet: Political Thought in Du Fu's Poetry (752-757), Cambria Press, 2012, will be released in the spring of 2013. He is also interested in the role of China and East Asia in contemporary international affairs, and has published analytical essays in Diplomatic Courier, the web journal American Diplomacy, the G8 and G20 economic summit magazines, and China Business Review. Prior to his academic career, Professor Schneider 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, where he was Principal Commercial Officer. He has also served as an international trade analyst in the China Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In the private sector, he has worked for Mitsubishi International Corporation and Chindex International, Inc. in New York.

Research Interests

Classical Chinese literature, political philosophy, war and diplomacy, utopianism, and Chinese and East Asian civilizations in contemporary international affairs