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Barbara Schneider

Barbara Schneider is currently a professor of sociology and human development at the University of Chicago and will join the faculty at Michigan State University as the John A. Hannah Chair in the College of Education in the fall of 2005. She currently directs the Data Research and Development Center, and co-directs the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work.

Interested in the lives of adolescents and their families and schools, Schneider has written widely on these topics.  Her most recent publications include: The Ambitious Generation: America 's Teenagers, Motivated but Directionless, co-authored with David Stevenson, Yale University Press; Becoming Adult: How Teenagers Prepare for the World of Work, co-authored with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Basic Books; and Trust in Schools, A Core Resource for Improvement, co-authored with Anthony Bryk, Russell Sage Foundation. She and Linda Waite have recently completed a book based on findings from the Sloan 500 Family Study exploring the lives of working families entitled Being Together, Working Apart: Dual-Career Families and the Work-Life Balance, Cambridge University Press. Schneider is currently conducting a new random assignment project, TEACH Research, that is designed to improve adolescents' transition to post secondary education.

Schneider serves on a number of advisory boards including the AERA Grants Board.  Recently, she was selected by the American Sociological Association as the new editor of Sociology of Education.