Dr. Birgit Schneider completed her Master's degree in Japanese Studies and History at Leipzig University in Germany, and earned her PhD from Washington State University in the U.S. with a dissertation on the reintegration of demobilized soldiers in post-World War II West Germany and Japan. She first joined the History Department in 2010 as a Research Assistant.
Current Research Projects
Her research focuses on the transitions from war to peace after the Second World War, specifically in Germany and Japan, and includes themes such as occupation, totalitarianism and democracy, and culture and identity. Her interests further extend to transnational and global historical developments during the Cold War. She speaks English, French, German, and Japanese.
"From Demilitarization to Democratization: Demobilized Soldiers Between the American Occupation and the German and Japanese States, 1945-1955." Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift 70, no. 2 (2011), 329-362.
"Not Soldiers Anymore, Not Civilians Yet: Demobilized Soldiers Between American Occupation and the Japanese Government, 1945-1955." The Japan Studies Association Journal, vol. 8, (2010), 165-178.
Returning to Democracy: Demobilized Soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army and their Civil Reintegration in Postwar Japanese Society. Proceedings of the Second International Conference of the Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia, 2009.
Teaching and Courses Taught
*In relation to the course HIST3029, Birgit edits an ongoing forum "Book Reviews and the Teaching of World History" of The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies (co-editing with Hong-Ming Liang)