Barbara Schneider is a Senior Fellow at NORC and is the John A. Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University.
Schneider is the principle investigator of the College Ambition Program (CAP), a study that tests a model for promoting a STEM college-going culture in 15 high schools that encourages adolescents to pursue STEM majors in college and occupations in these fields. Most recently she is the recipient of a NSF international award to study how to increase science engagement and learning in chemistry and physics high school classrooms in conjunction with the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on how the social contexts of schools and families influence the academic and social well-being of adolescents as they move into adulthood.
Schneider has published 15 books and over 100 articles and reports on family, social context of schooling, and sociology of knowledge. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is the past President of the American Educational Research Association, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow in the National Academy of Education, and recently received an honorary degree from the University of Helsinki.