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David K. Schneider

Associate Professor of Chinese | Program Director, East Asian Languages and Cultures

dkschneider@asianlan.umass.edu

(413) 545-4954

442 Herter Hall

Education

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 

Professor Schneider is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, the branch of the American Foreign Service responsible for international trade and investment, with tours of duty in the American Embassy in Beijing, China, and the American Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. His experience in private sector business with China and Japan was with Chindex International, Inc. and Mitsubishi International Corporation. Schneider’s research interests include war and diplomacy in East Asia; religion in international affairs; Chinese religion and philosophy; comparative political philosophy; and Chinese and East Asian civilizations in contemporary international affairs. He is author of Confucian Prophet: Political Thought in Du Fu’s Poetry (752-757), Cambria Press, 2012, and has published on China and East Asia in The Diplomatic Courier, the G20 and G8 summit magazines, American Diplomacy.org, China Business Review, Wikistrat, and The National Interest.

Research Areas

  • Classical Chinese literature*
  • Political philosophy*
  • War and diplomacy*
  • Utopianism*
  • Religion*
  • Chinese and East Asian civilizations in contemporary international affairs 

* All in comparative perspective with other traditions.

Publications

Books

  • Authored Book

Confucian Prophet: Political Thought in Du Fu’s Poetry (752-757), Cambria Press, 2012.
http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=4&bid=534

  • Edited Volume

"The Poet as Scholar: Essays and Translations in Honor of Jonathan Chaves," Sino-Platonic Papers, Number 272, October 2017.
http://sino-platonic.org/complete/spp272_jonathan_chaves.pdf

Book Chapters, Essays and Reviews

“Clarence Buddington Kelland’s The Cat’s-Paw:  An Image of Chinese Culture in 1930s American Politics,” book chapter forthcoming in the second issue of Studies on Chinese Cultural Images Abroad, Central Compilation & Translation Press.

“The China Image and Political Reform in Clarence Buddington Kelland’s The Cat’s-Paw (1934) in The Poet as Scholar: Essays and Translations in Honor of Jonathan Chaves, Sino-Platonic Papers, Number 272, October 2017, p. 417-449.
http://sino-platonic.org/complete/spp272_jonathan_chaves.pdf

Review of Jonathan Chaves, Every Rock a Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing; Including A Record of Comprehending the Essentials of the Yellow Mountains by Wang Hongdu (Warren, CT: Floating World Editions, 2012), Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 36 (2014), 244-247.

Review of Friedrich Bischoff, 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.
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/china_review...

Essays on International Affairs

“China’s New Legalism,” The National Interest, Number 143, May-June 2016, p. 19-25.

The Chinese Navy: A Look Ahead, a Wikistrat report, January 2016.
http://wikistrat.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Wiki...

“The Coming Clash of Economic Blocs,” Geopolitical Analysis, Insights from the Wiki, Wikistrat, January 21, 2016.
http://www.wikistrat.com/the-coming-clash-of-economic-blocs/

“China and the Realities of Power in Asia,” Diplomatic Courier, Winter 2011, Issue 1, Volume 5, p. 40-42.
http://www.diplomaticourier.com/news/regions/brics/170-china-and-the-rea...

“The G8 Africa Partnership Must Face the Challenge of China,” G8 Deauville, France, May 2011, p. 78-80.
http://mobileurl.mobi/g8/theg8africapartnership.html

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

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

“The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A League of Autocracies?,” American Diplomacy, August 2008.
http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2008/0709/comm/schneider_shanghai...

“Review of The Truman Doctrine: Address to a Joint Session of Congress
By Harry S. Truman, President of the United States,” American Diplomacy, July 2008.
http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2008/0709/spch/spch_trumanadams.html

"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 Mark…" (with Jessica Madoc Jones and Guo Liming), The China Business Review, Volume 20, Number 6, November-December, 1993, p. 34-41.

Awards and Accolades

  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee, 2009-2010 academic year
  • Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist, 2008-2009 academic year; Distinguished Teaching Award nominee, 2010-2011 academic year
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, 2004-2005 academic year
  • UMass Faculty Research Grant (2010-2011)
  • FLAS (Summer 1998)
  • UC Berkeley, Institute for East Asian Studies Fellowship (Summer 1998); FLAS (Academic Year 1998-1999); Yang-Chao Prize (2001)
  • UC Berkeley, Dean's Normative Time Fellowship (Academic Year 2002-2003)
  • Tompkins Fellowship (Academic Year 2003-2004)
  • UC Berkeley, East Asian Languages and Cultures Department Block Grant and Tompkins Fellowship (Academic Year 2004-2005)
  • Faculty Research Grant (2010)

Courses Recently Taught

  • Chinese 197S China in World Affairs
  • Asian Studies 380 Self and Ethics in the Great Books of Asia
  • Chinese 381 Junior Year Writing
  • Chinese 450 Elementary Classical Chinese
  • Chinese 555 Classical Poetry
  • Chinese 597D Confucianism
  • Chinese 597K Buddhist and Taoist Literature