The Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor of Sociology
Interim Chair of the Department for the Study of Culture and Society
Office Location: 134 Howard Hall
Joseph Schneider came to Drake University in 1970 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa, Nankai University in Tianjin, People's Republic of China (1985-1987), and at the University of Hong Kong (1996-1998). His main areas of current research, writing, and teaching interest are cultural theory, masculinity, and science and knowledge studies. His published work includes books and articles on deviance, social problems, illness, family caregiving in China, ethnography, and feminist science studies.
He teaches courses in deviance and social problems, poststructural theory, contemporary Chinese society, and science studies. He served as editor of the national sociology journal, Social Problems, and has been active in a variety of regional and national professional sociology organizations. He is a former director of the cultural studies program at Drake and former chair of the department. His most recent published essays are “The Intimacy of Objects: Living and Perishing in the Company of Things.” In Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life, 2013 and “The Medicalization of Deviance: From Badness to Sickness.” In the Wiley Handbook on Deviance, 2015.