Matthew Jerome Schneider

 Matthew Schneider

Contact Information

3059 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright St
Urbana IL 61801


Matthew Jerome Schneider is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned a M.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in December 2016 and a B.S. in sociology and history from Illinois College in May 2013.

Using ethnography as his primary method of study, Matthew’s work often attempts to understand issues of race, race relations, volunteering, civic engagement, and mission work. Heavily influenced by his time as a volunteer teacher in Honduras in AY 2014-15, these interests have led to his dissertation work in which he explores how race, class, religion, and civic mindedness inform volunteer practices and ideologies. The project focuses on volunteers working for grass roots homeless services organizations in St. Louis, MO. 

Matthew has a number of other ongoing research projects, including an ethnography of racial justice oriented Episcopal Service Corps members in St. Louis, MO, a collaborative sociology of sport project in which the authors examine 'athlete identities’ through interviews with NCAA baseball players (Co-Investigator: Brian F. O’Neill), and a collaborative survey study of volunteer experiences in an experimental program designed to provide access to justice to unrepresented defendants in New York City’s housing court (primary investigator: Rebecca Sandefur).

Research Interests

  • Whiteness Studies, Race Relations, Race and Ethnicity, Racial Identity, Qualitative Methods, Stratification and Social Inequality


  • 2013, B.S., Magna Cum Laude, History and Sociology, Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL
  • 2016, M.A., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign