dr. (Mindi) M.L. Schneider

dr. (Mindi) M.L. Schneider

Assistant Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic Staff Unit
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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M.J. Chappell & M.L. Schneider (2017). The New Three-Legged Stool: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty, and Food Justice. In M.C. Rowlinson & C. Ward (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Food Ethics (pp. 419-429). Abingdon: Routledge

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I am Assistant Professor of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. My research and teaching interests are in the fields of development sociology, political sociology, food politcs, and agrarian political ecology. Before receiving my PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University in 2103, I studied and worked in food and farming systems, with previous degrees in Horticulture Production (BS) and Agronomy (MS), both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After my PhD, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

Since 2007, my research has focused on the social and ecological transformations that accompany the industrialization and capitalization of China’s agro-food system, arguing that these relations are key for understanding development imaginaries and trajectories both in China and in the world today. 

My current project, undertaken with Alexander Day, is entitled ‘Feeding China: The Project on China’s Food Histories, Geographies, and Ecologies’ (https://feedingchina.wordpress.com/). Using a combination of archival and ethnographic methods, we investigate shifting rural-urban and human-nature relations in China from the 19th century to the contemporary moment, asking how these processes of change interact with global capitalist development and relate to widespread environmental crises. 

In addition to academic work, I have also served as a consultant for a number of NGOs. My work on China’s pork industry has been covered in The Economist, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and other popular press outlets. I am also a founding member of the Monsanto Tribunal.

      • A.F. Day & M.L. Schneider (2017). The End of Alternatives? Capitalist Transformation and Rural Activism in China. Journal of Peasant Studies, 44, 1-25. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2017.1386179[go to publisher's site]
      • M.L. Schneider (2016). Dragon Head Enterprises and the State of Agribusiness in China. Journal of Agrarian Change, 17 (1), 3-21. doi: 10.1111/joac.12151
      • G. Oliveira & M.L. Schneider (2015). The politics of flexing soybeans: China, Brazil, and global agroindustrial restructuring. Journal of Peasant Studies, 43 (1), 167-194. doi: 10.1080/03066150.2014.993625
      • M.L. Schneider (2015). Wasting the Rural: Meat, Manure and the Politics of Agroindustrialization in Contemporary China. Geoforum. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.12.001
      • M.L. Schneider (2014). What, then, is a Chinese peasant? Nongmin discourses and agroindustrialization in contemporary China. Agriculture and Human Values. doi: 10.1007/s10460-014-9559-6
      • M.L. Schneider (2014). Developing the Meat Grab. Journal of Peasant Studies, 41 (4), 613-633. doi: DOI:10.1080/03066150.2014.918959
      • O. Visser & M.L. Schneider (2014). Food Politics in Motion: Struggle, Security and Sovereignty. DevISSues, 2.
      • P. McMichael & M.L. Schneider (2011). Food Security Politics and the Millennium Development Goals. Third World Quarterly, 32 (1), 119-139.
      • M.L. Schneider & P. McMichael (2010). Deepening, and repairing, the metabolic rift. Journal of Peasant Studies, 37 (3), 461-484.
      • M.L. Schneider & C.A. Francis (2006). Ethics of Land Use in Nebraska: Farmer and Consumer Opinions in Washington County. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 28 (4), 81-104.
      • M.L. Schneider (2005). Marketing Locally Produced Foods: Consumer and Farmer Opinions in Washington Country, Nebraska. RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS, 20 (4), 252-260.
      • M.L. Schneider & ,. et al. (2005). Student, Advisor, and Employer Opinions on Interdisciplinary Education in Agriculture. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 34, 101-106.
        • G. Oliveira & M.L. Schneider (2014). The politics of flexing soybeans in China and Brazil. (Extern rapport, Think Piece Series on Flex Crops & Commodities, no 3). Amsterdam: Transnational Institute
        • M.L. Schneider (2008). "We Are Hungry!": A Summary Report of Food Riots, Government Responses, and States of Democracy in 2008. (Extern rapport). USA: RajPatel.org
        • M.L. Schneider (2014). China's Pork Miracle? Agribusiness and Development in China's Pork Industry. (Extern rapport). USA: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
        • M.L. Schneider (2012). Discourses and Policies on Poor Rural and Agricultural Livelihoods in China. (Extern rapport). Hong Kong: Oxfam
        • M.L. Schneider (2012). Dragon Head Enterprises, Vertical Integration, and Contract Farming in China: How State Policy is Restructuring Agricultural Value Chains and Consolidating Agribusiness Power. (Extern rapport, no 2). Hong Kong: Oxfam
        • M.L. Schneider (2011). China Living Wage Study. (Extern rapport). Beijing, China: Solidaridad
        • M.L. Schneider (2011). Feeding China's Pigs: Implications for the Environment, China's Smallholder Farmers and Food Security. (Extern rapport). USA: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
        • M.L. Schneider, C.A. Francis & B. Kindler (2004). Science-Based Organic Farming: A Resource for Educators. (Extern rapport). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Extension Division
      • M.L. Schneider (2014, februari 14). Meatification in China and the 'Global Land Grab'. Arrighi Center for Global Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Workshop on 'Land, Money and Movements'.
      • M.L. Schneider (2013, mei 8). Pork and Beans: Food Security Politics and the Reconfiguration of Diets and Agriculture in Post-Reform China. University of Oregon, Foodways in China: New Scholarly Trajectories (Conference).
      • M.L. Schneider (2013, januari 11). Dragon Head Enterprises and the State of Agribusiness in Reform Era China. Johns Hopkins University, Agrarian Development in China: Legacies and Prospects (Conference).
      • M.L. Schneider (2012, oktober 17). "We Will Feed Ourselves!" Food Security Politics and the Land Grab in Post-Reform China. Cornell University, International Conference on Land Grabbing II.
      • M.L. Schneider (2013). China's taste for pork serves up a pollution problem.
      • M.L. Schneider (Featured Interview) (2013, nov 09). Man and Nature in One. [televisie-uitzending]. In Radio and Television Hong Kong (RTHK). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-joSsZW5f8.
      • M.L. Schneider (Featured Interview) (2012, nov 13). China Strains to Satisfy Growing Demand for Meat. [televisie-uitzending]. In PBS's News Hour. http://video.pbs.org/video/2304255426/.
      • M.L. Schneider (Commentator) (2011, jun 01). Feeding China's Pigs. [podcast]. In Radio Sustain. http://www.iatp.org/radio-sustain.
  • Assistant Professor

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Academic Staff Unit

    Post Doctoral Research Fellow

    The Johns Hopkins University

    Post Doctoral Research Fellow

    The Johns Hopkins University
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    Associate Editor
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