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Dr. Melissa Schnyder

Full-Time Associate Professor, Security and Global Studies

Education

Ph.D. in Political Science
Indiana University Bloomington
B.A. in International Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching Interests

Dr. Melissa Schnyder is an Associate Professor of International Relations in the School of Security and Global Studies (SSGS). Dr. Schnyder has over ten years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including over five years of online teaching experience. She has taught online as well as in the traditional classroom setting. Her background includes six years of consulting in the private sector on quantitative research; large-scale, international survey design and implementation; and statistics. She has also created and organized several international academic programs for students. Dr. Schnyder is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of European politics, immigration and asylum policies, and civil society political participation. She has held visiting faculty and researcher positions at the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels), and the German Marshall Fund of the United States Transatlantic Center in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to teaching, Dr. Schnyder is a registered consultant with the United Nations in the Political Affairs, Humanitarian Affairs, and Statistics division. She is a contributor to the blog In Homeland Security, and has participated in transatlantic symposia on the subject matter of immigration and asylum. Her research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Contemporary European Research, Journal of European Integration, Social Movement Studies, Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, as well as a book published by Roman and Littlefield International Press. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Common Market Studies and Global Security and Intelligence Studies. Dr. Schnyder earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Positions Held

2010 - Present
Rasmussen College
Adjunct Instructor
2015 - 2015
University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies
Visiting Researcher
2010 - 2013
Independent Research and Statistical Consulting
Statistical Consultant
2006 - 2010
Corporate Executive Board
Associate Director of Quantitative Research
2005 - 2006
Institute for European Studies
Visiting Fulbright Fellow
2005 - 2006
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels), Vesalius College
Visiting Lecturer
2005 - 2005
The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Transatlantic Center
Research Associate

Intellectual Contributions

Migrants at Sea: A Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Melissa Schnyder
June 17, 2015
InHomelandSecurity.com

Terrorism: The Rise of Homegrown Jihadists in Europe

Melissa Schnyder
March 19, 2015
InHomelandSecurity.com

Activism, NGOs, and the State: Multilevel Responses to Immigration Politics in Europe

Melissa Schnyder
August 2015
Rowman & Littlefield International Press

The Domestic Issue-Specific Political Opportunity Structure and Migrant Inclusion Organization Activity in Europe

Melissa Schnyder
January (1st Quarter/Winter) 13, 2015
Social Movement Studies

Migrant Inclusion Organization Activity at the Supranational Level: Examining Two Forms of Domestic Political Opportunity Structures

Melissa Schnyder
November 2014
Interface

NGO Cooperation and Involvement across Multi-Level Policy Processes

Melissa Schnyder
January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2007
Institute for European Studies

Interest Group Politics in the European Union: Migrant Inclusion Organizations and Political Behavior across Levels of Governance

Melissa Schnyder
November 2006
Indiana University

Joint efforts lead to joint success

Melissa Schnyder
2005
One Europe Magazine

External Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

Marie Skłodowska - Curie Fellowship

European Commission
2017 - 2018
Currently Under Review

Fulbright Fellowship

International Institute for Education
2005 - 2006
Funded - Completed

Graduate Fellowship for Dissertation Writing

Indiana University
2004
Funded - Completed

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Hungarian

Indiana University
2003
Funded - Completed

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Romanian

Indiana University
2002
Funded - Completed

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Arabic

Center for the Study of Global Change
2001 - 2002
Funded - Completed

Presentations

"Does Europeanization Stick? National Policies and Sustained Europeanization Strategies by Domestic Migrant and Refugee Organizations"

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference
April 7, 2017

The Representation of Migrant and Refugee Interests by European Umbrella Organizations: Evidence of Strain?

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference
April 8, 2016

The National Policy Context and Transnational Activity: An Analysis of Cross-Border Cooperation among European Migrant Inclusion Organizations

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference
April 18, 2015

The Challenges and Opportunities of Publishing: A Roundtable

Graduate Studies Webinar Series
March 12, 2015

Varieties of Transnationalism: An Analysis of Less Visible Activities among European Migrant Inclusion Organizations

Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference
January 16, 2015

The Issue Specific POS and Migrant Inclusion Organization Activity at the Supranational Level

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference
April 4, 2014

The Issue-Specific POS and Migrant Inclusion Organization Activity at the National and Supranational Levels

Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference
January 10, 2014

Pro-Migrant Networks and a Multi-level Strategy for Migrant Inclusion

Best Practices Symposium on Immigration and Ethnic Relations in European and North American Cities
January 26, 2006

Penetrating the Fortress? The Role and Impact of Pro-Migrant NGO Coalitions on the Anti-Discrimination Policy Agenda in the European Union

American Political Science Association Annual Conference
September 1, 2005

Networking among Pro-Migrant NGOs: Coalitions and their Influence on Policy Effectiveness

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference
April 7, 2005

Panel Chair

Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference
January 8, 2004

“East-West Migration: Perceptions of Economic Reform, Political Reform, and Support for the EU.”

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference
April 3, 2003

Media Contributions

Terrorism: The Rise of Homegrown Jihadists in Europe

Terrorism: The Rise of Homegrown Jihadists in Europe
2015
Social Media - Blog

Looking Beyond the Nation-State to Confront Global Environmental Problems

Looking Beyond the Nation-State to Confront Global Environmental Problems
2013
Social Media - Blog

Certifications and Licensure

October 19, 2017
CITI - Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
January 19, 2014
CITI - Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Awards & Honors

January 1, 2016
2016 Faculty Research Grant
APUS
This project uses original survey data to assess the impact of national migrant integration policies on the propensity of organizations to form cooperative relationships with specific EU level actors. It empirically assesses whether Europeanization is enduring or sporadic.
June 13, 2015
School of Security and Global Studies Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award
APUS
Received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for the SSGS.
January 1, 2015
2015 Faculty Research Grant
APUS
My current research project investigates how well supranationally-organized umbrella organizations based in Brussels, Belgium (the capital of the European Union) represent their diverse members’ interests.
January 15, 2014
2014 Research Grant
APUS
Investigate the domestic determinants of cooperation among European migrant and refugee NGOs.
January 1, 2007
Inaugural Working Paper
Institute for European Studies
Manuscript selected as inaugural working paper for Institute for European Studies’ newly-launched working paper series, 2007
September 1, 2006
Nomination - APSA Best Paper on European Politics and Society
American Political Science Association
Nominated for American Political Science Association 2006 prize for best paper on European Politics and Society
September 1, 2005
Fulbright Fellowship
Institute of International Education
Researched the political activities of European migrant and refugee NGOs and their methods of policy influence.