From a young age, Dr. Peter Raymond Schneider always enjoyed writing. After being praised for his writing skills in school, he decided to pursue the field professionally. He enrolled at Oklahoma State University as a journalism major, where he became the first freshman to earn a paid position on the student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. During the summers of his college years, he worked for the morning newspaper, the Daily Oklahoma and the evening newspaper, the Oklahoma Times. He was later asked to become the campus correspondent, which he agreed to for the remainder of his time at Oklahoma State University. During his college career, he went on to work in various capacities for the student newspaper and the alumni magazine. After his junior year, he realized that he would have to focus his journalism skills into one subject to write about. He was interested in politics and eventually decided to switch his major to political science. He later received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Oklahoma State University in 1966 and 1968, respectively.
In 1974, Dr. Schneider received a Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana University and served as an assistant professor at the University of Oregon for two years. He then served as president of the Institute of Policy Analysis in Eugene, OR, from 1976 to 1983. In 1983, he was appointed vice president of the American Justice Institute and director of the Center for Assessment of The Juvenile Center in Sacramento, CA. After those appointments, he became a senior research scientist and director of the justice division at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Bethesda, MD, and vice president of National Partnership in Washington, D.C. From 1992 to 1995, he returned to his position of president at the Institute of Foreign Policy Analysis, this time in McLean, VA. Dr. Schneider then established his own business, IPA International Inc., where he spent the remainder of his career as chief executive officer. In this position, he was proud to have been able to recruit many bright, well-educated young people to work with him in the field.
In addition to his primary appointments as a political scientist, Dr. Schneider has also offered his expertise to the field by contributing numerous articles to professional journals and chapters to books. As a testament to his professional skills, he received the Julia Lathrop Award from the American Criminal Justice Association in 1985. In his spare time, Dr. Schneider enjoys flying, playing tennis, selling wines, and traveling.
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