dr. (Mindi) M.L. Schneider

dr. (Mindi) M.L. Schneider
Assistant Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic Staff Unit
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Erasmus University Rotterdam
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From September 2018 to January 2019, I am a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

My regular position is Assistant Professor of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, Netherlands. 

My research and teaching interests are in the fields of development sociology, environmental sociology and political ecology, and international agriculture and rural development. Before receiving my PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University in 2013, I studied and worked in food and farming systems, with previous…

From September 2018 to January 2019, I am a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

My regular position is Assistant Professor of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, Netherlands. 

My research and teaching interests are in the fields of development sociology, environmental sociology and political ecology, and international agriculture and rural development. Before receiving my PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University in 2013, 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. In 2013, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. 

I am currently working on three linked areas of research. Since 2007, my work has focused on the social and ecological transformations that accompany the industrialization and capitalization of China’s agro-food system, particularly the pork sector. I argue that these relations are key for understanding development imaginaries and trajectories both in China and in the world today. With Alexander Day, I am working on a project 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. 

At NIAS, I’m developing a second area of research around questions of waste and wasting and death and dying in food and agricultural systems. By bringing critical food and agrarian studies (‘the belly’) into conversation with discard studies and political ecologies of waste (‘the excremental’), my goal is to examine the production and circulation of ‘waste,’ especially as it relates to ‘value.’

The third area of research brings my work into conversation with global history, and with historians. Since 2017, I have been one of four leaders of the Commodity Frontiers Initiative (https://wigh.wcfia.harvard.edu/commodity-frontiers-initiative), an interdisciplinary network of researchers examining the role of rural natures and peoples in the history of capitalist development. 

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
      • 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
      • 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
      • O. Visser & M.L. Schneider (2014). Food Politics in Motion: Struggle, Security and Sovereignty. DevISSues, 2.
      • 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
      • 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 & ,. et al. (2005). Student, Advisor, and Employer Opinions on Interdisciplinary Education in Agriculture. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 34, 101-106.
      • 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.
        • 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, 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 (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 (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.
  • Canadian Journal of Development Studies

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    Associate Editor
    Start Date
    Dec/2016
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    Erasmus University Rotterdam
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    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
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    Academic Staff Unit
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    The Johns Hopkins University
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    USA
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    Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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    The Johns Hopkins University
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    USA
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