Wilson Center Experts

Mary Kate Schneider

Title VIII Summer Research Scholar
Global Europe Program

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4134
Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Wilson Center Project(s):
"Separate but Equal: Assesing the Effects of Divided Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina"
Jun 14, 2013
Sep 19, 2013

Mary Kate Schneider is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include ethnic conflict, institutional design, and national identity, focusing in particular on the Western Balkans. She has conducted field research in Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and she was recently awarded a Fulbright grant to return to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her dissertation draws from an original survey, focus groups, and interviews to assess the effects of divided education on Bosnian students’ attitudes and perceptions. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, as well as an M.A. in Political Science from Lehigh University.

Project Summary

This project measures the effect of divided education policies and practices on Bosnian students’ attitudes towards others, using data derived from a combination of written surveys, focus groups, and interviews. Its main hypothesis is that ethnic segregation, although quite effective at preventing direct physical conflict, also leads to an increase in the perceived level of threat felt by members of opposing ethnic groups. Although much has been written on the effects of divided education on students’ individual identity formation, this project is unique in that it measures the attitudes that students in Bosnia-Herzegovina hold toward members of other ethnic groups, controlling for local levels of wartime violence.

Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
September 1, 2011 - October 11, 2012:“A House Divided, Forced to Stand? Institutional Engineering in Ethnically Divided Societies.”

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