Cynthia Schneider

Co-Director and Distinguished Professor, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University
Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University

Ambassador Cynthia P Schneider PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in diplomacy and culture. Ambassador Schneider co-directs the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown, as well as the Los Angeles-based MOST Resource (Muslims on Screen and Television). Additionally, she co-directs the Timbuktu Renaissance, a Mali-based project to support the country’s recovery from conflict through a focus on culture. Schneider speaks and publishes frequently on topic related to arts, culture, media, and international affairs (Los Angeles Times,, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution). Schneider teaches courses in Diplomacy and Culture in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, where, from 1984-2005, she taught art history, and published on Rembrandt and seventeenth century Dutch art. From 1998-2001 she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, and led initiatives in public and cultural diplomacy, education, biotechnology, cyber security, and military affairs.