Jeffrey Schneider

Associate Professor of German Studies and Faculty Director of Affirmative Action

Jeffrey Schneider’s scholarship spans a wide range of topics. His most recent project is a book-length study of the global popularity of Asian Boys’ Love (BL) television and web series. (He’s also teaching a seminar on the topic in Women, Feminist and Queer Studies, which is cross-listed with Asian Studies.) His previous research included several articles on foreign language pedagogy (with Silke von der Emde) as well as the intersections between the Prussian-German military and the modern queer emancipation movement in Imperial Germany (1871-1918). In addition to his book, Uniform Fantasies: Soldiers, Sex and the Queer Emancipation Movement in Imperial Germany (University of Toronto Press, 2023), his work has appeared in edited volumes as well as in a variety of journals, including Central European History, German QuarterlyGerman Studies Review, the Germanic Review, Literature & History, and the Modern Language Journal.

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


Chicago Hall
Box 501
Hours vary during the semester; appointments can be made in Google Calendar.

Research and Academic Interests

  • Queer Media in Asia
  • Imperial Germany
  • Masculinity, the Military and Militarism
  • Language Learning and Cultural Studies


Selected Recent Courses

  • GERM 101 — Sex Before, During, and After the Nazis
  • INTL 106 — Introduction to International Studies
  • GERM/GNCS 181 — Nietzsche and His Followers
  • GERM/GNCS 182 — Reading Freud and His Critics
  • WFQS 201 — Introduction to Queer Studies
  • GERM 301 — Excessive Speech: Language and the Question of Style
  • WFQS 381 — Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: Understand the Global Phenomenon of Asian Boys Love Media

Selected Publications


Selected Articles

  • “From Gay Closets to ‘Love Closets’: Epistemology of the BL Closet in Asian Boys Love Television” (with Zhikai Sheng, in progress).
  • “The Emperor’s New Uniforms: The Uniform Fantasies of Wilhelm II and His Critics.” German Studies Review 47.1 (February 2024). [Full Text]
  • “The Captain of Köpenick and the Uniform Fantasies of German Militarism.” Central European History 55.2 (2022): 187–204. [Full Text]
  • “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. [Full Text]
  • “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.

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