Helen Schneider

Helen Schneider

Helen Schneider

Associate Professor


421 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership



  • Twentieth Century Chinese history
  • Women’s History
  • History of Domesticity
  • History of Education
  • Women in World War II

Professional Activities

  • Research Associate, University of Oxford, 2010-2012
  • Vice-president of Historical Society of Twentieth Century China
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • American Historical Association
  • Chinese Historians in the United States, 2009-11


  • Ph.D. University of Washington
  • M.A. University of Washington
  • B.A. Swarthmore College

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. April 2014. 

    Post-doctoral Research Grant, Faculty of History, Oxford University, for research on China’s War with Japan project, September 2010-September 2012. 

    Research Grants, Department of History, Virginia Tech, for research during the summer and academic years, 2005-2010, 2014.

    Selected Publications


    Keeping the Nation’s House: Domestic Management and the Making of Modern China (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011)


    “Raising the Standards of Family Life: Ginling Women’s College and Christian Social Service in Republican China,” in Divine Domesticities: Christian Paradoxes in Asia and the Pacific. Edited by Hyaeweol Choi and Margaret Jolly (Canberra, Australia: Australia National University Press, 2014), 113-139.

    “Women and Family Education Reform in Wartime China, 1937-1945,” The Chinese Historical  Review 20:2 (November 2013), 180-201. (Part of a special issue on the family in Chinese  history)

    “Mobilising Women: The Women’s Advisory Council, Resistance, and Reconstruction during  China’s War with Japan,” European Journal of East Asian Studies 11:2 (December 2012): 213- 236.

    with Rana Mitter, “Introduction: Relief and Reconstruction in Wartime China,” special issue European Journal of East Asian Studies 11:2 (December 2012)

    Additional Information

    Current Research: War and Society: The social history of China's war with Japan (1937-1945); International relief work in China from the 1920s to 1952 (with a focus on 1940s reconstruction projects)