Cynthia P Schneider

Ambassador Cynthia Schneider writes about and directs projects in culture in diplomacy, from Timbuktu to Washington DC.

Cynthia P. Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on relations with the Muslim world. 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, an innovative strategy and platform for countering extremism and promoting peace and development through a focus on culture, which grew out of her work leading the Arts and Culture Dialogue Initiative within Brookings’ Center for Middle East Policy. Professor Schneider teaches courses in Diplomacy and Culture in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where, from1984-2005, she was a member of the art history faculty, and published on Rembrandt and seventeenth century Dutch art. She also organized exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dr. Schneider publishes and speaks frequently on topic related to arts, culture, and media and international affairs. Her writings range from blogs for the Huffington Post,, and Foreign Policy to policy papers for Brookings. She is currently writing a book on the role of culture in foreign policy and international relations, entitled Culture on the Front Lines: 21st Century Diplomacy. She has lectured on Culture and Diplomacy topics from Australia and New Zealand to Singapore, China, and Japan; to Egypt, Morocco, and the UAE; to many locations in Europe and the US. From 1998-2001 she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, during which time she led initiatives in cultural diplomacy, biotechnology, cyber security, and education. Dr. Schneider has a PhD and BA from Harvard University and she serves on various Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards. @schneidercp