John A. Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor
Barbara Schneider is the John A. Hannah chair and university distinguished professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching focus on understanding how the social contexts of schools and families influence the academic and social well-being of adolescents as they move into adulthood, with a particular emphasis on improving educational opportunities for students with limited economic and social resources. She is the co-author of 15 books, author of numerous journal articles, and previous editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Sociology of Education. Schneider was a Fulbright New Centuries scholar, member of the Sociological Research Association, and senior fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. She concluded her term as president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in April 2014 and currently serves as past-president. Recently she was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Education.