Jeffrey Schneider

Associate Professor of German Studies and Faculty Director of Affirmative Action

Jeffrey Schneider joined the Vassar faculty in 1997. He received his BA from Bates College and his master's and PhD in German Studies from Cornell University.

Professor Schneider’s scholarship spans a wide range of topics. His primary research explores debates on masculinity and sexuality in Imperial Germany (1871-1918), in particular the intersections of the Prussian-German military and the modern queer emancipation movement that began in Germany. He has also published on contemporary literature, drama, as well as, together with Silke von der Emde, language learning pedagogy and curriculum development. Most recently, he has begun work on a new queer studies project focused on the growing global popularity of Boys’ Love (BL) television and web series from China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. His scholarship has appeared in a variety of journals, including Central European History, German QuarterlyGerman Studies Review, Germanic Review, Literature & History, and Modern Language Journal.

BA, Bates College; MA, PhD, Cornell University
At Vassar since 1997


Chicago Hall
Box 501
By appointment (hours vary during the semester)

Research and Academic Interests

  • Imperial Germany
  • Queer Media in Asia
  • Masculinity, the Military and Militarism


Selected Recent Courses

GERM 101. Sex Before, During, and After the Nazis
GERM/GNCS 181. Nietzsche and His Followers
GERM/GNCS 182. Reading Freud and His Critics
GERM 301. Excessive Speech: Language and the Question of Style
INTL 106. Introduction to International Studies
WFQS 201. Introduction to Queer Studies

Selected Publications


  • Uniform Fantasies: Soldiers, Sex, and Queer Emancipation in Imperial Germany. (Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2023)

Selected Articles

  • “The Emperor’s New Uniforms: The Uniform Fantasies of Wilhelm II and His Critics.” German Studies Review 47.1 (forthcoming February 2024).

  • “The Captain of Köpenick and the Uniform Fantasies of German Militarism.” Central European History 55.2 (2022): 187–204.

  • “Dueling and the Fantasmatic Specter of Male Honor in Imperial Germany: The Kaiser’s Will and Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest.” Literature & History 31.1 (2022): 25–40.

  • “Soliciting Fantasies: Knowing and Not-Knowing About Male Prostitution by Soldiers in Imperial Germany.” After the History of Sexuality: German Interventions.  Ed. Dagmar Herzog, Helmut Puff, and Scott Spector.  Oxford/New York: Berghahn, 2012. 124-138.