Born in 1933 in Loudonville, Ohio, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1959. He completed his master’s degree at Western Reserve University in 1956 and his bachelor’s from the College of Wooster in 1955.
Schneider specialized in American intellectual history and taught courses in American Thought and Culture and the United States since WWII.
At NIU, he served many years as director of graduate studies in the History Department and also was acting chairman from 1969 to 1970.
He authored two books, including “Five Novelists of the Progressive Era” (Columbia University Press, 1965), and several publications on American history. He also served as history editor of the Journal of American Studies.