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Joanne Schneider

Craig-Lee Hall (464)
(401) 456-8039

Academic Background

Minnesota native Joanne Schneider received her B.A. in History and German, summa cum laude, from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. She earned her M.A. and Ph. D. at Brown University in Modern European History. Her dissertation examined girls' schools and education reform in early 19th century Bavaria. That research yielded several articles which appeared in scholarly monographs. Subsequent research interests focused on the Enlightenment and everyday life history in southern Germany. She has presented several papers based on that scholarship. Her current research involves the experiences of ordinary Bavarians at the hands of a marauding Austrian and French armies during the decade of the 1790s.
Schneider's most recognized publication is Women in Western European History, a three volume bibliography co-edited with Linda and Marsha Frey. The first volume of the bibliography received the Choice Outstanding Scholarly Book Award. She published The Age of Romanticism in 2007, as part of Greenwood Press's "Guides to Historic Events, 1500 to 1900." Reference & Research Book News had the following to say about the book:
"Plume ready? Finger on forehead? Focused on nature? Is that all we need to know about Romanticism? Not by a long shot, according to Schneider, who gives high-school and general readers contexts and background so they can better understand the tenets of the movement, the players, and the repercussions of Romanticism. She describes how the Enlightenment and eighteenth-century responses to it built into a coherent aesthetic and agenda; how Romanticism expressed itself in poetry, prose, drama, painting and music; and how Romanticism shaped such concepts as environmentalism and nationalism. She includes a chronology of publications and life events, biographies of key actors, a bundle of original documents and a small but telling set of illustrations. They and the references bring this a step above the usual first contact with the likes of Keats, Shelley and Byron.

Schneider taught at the University of Montana, Stonehill College, Wheaton College and Brown University before coming to Rhode Island College in a full-time position in 1991. At R.I.C., she has taught Western Civilization, the Nature of Historical Inquiry, The Age of Enlightenment, The Age of Nationalism, Europe in the 20th century and Beyond, European Women's History and the Reading Seminar. She created and teaches the Workshop in Leading Effective Field Trips, designed with Elementary Education/History majors and students in the department's Certificate Program in Public History in mind. She worked on several independent studies, which focused on German history and has also directed two honors theses. She is also a member of the Honors' Faculty and teaches the Seminar in Western Culture for that program. Her teaching interests focus on social and cultural history with an especial preference for teaching history through literature and memoirs.

Schneider, former Chair of the History Department (2002-2008), is deeply involved with the Shinn Study Abroad Fund Scholarship Program, having served as the Chair of the Awards Committee for twelve of the past fourteen years. She is a past President of the New England Historical Association and has held the post of President of the Humanities Forum of Rhode Island. She is a member of the First Baptist Church in America and works as a volunteer tour guide for that National Historic Trust site. When not involved with academic and related interests especially those involving travels in Europe, Joanne is an avid sports fan (Yankees and the Celtics) and is an active sportswoman herself, water skiing, sailing and snow skiing. She resides with her husband Arthur Bone in Lincoln, Rhode Island, along with her two cats, Murphy and Olivia.

Courses Taught

HIST 161 Western History
HIST 200 Nature of Historical Inquiry
HIST 307 Europe in Age of Enlightenment
HIST 310 Twentieth Century Europe
HIST 314 Women in European History
HIST 381 Workshop
HIST 551 Topics
HONR 162 Seminar in Western History

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