Prof. Kenneth Schneyer .


JWU Faculty Since 1990

Kenneth Schneyer

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Kenneth Schneyer is a Nebula-nominated author of science fiction and fantasy stories, an attorney, a project manager, an actor/director, and a scholar of both employment discrimination and the constitutive rhetoric of legal texts. His second short-story collection, “Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices,” was published in 2020. In 2009, Schneyer attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, where he was taught by such influential writers as Holly Black, Robert Crais, and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Schneyer served as clerk for Judge William R. Beasley of the Michigan Court of Appeals and practiced both transactional law and litigation with the Boston corporate law firm of Bingham, Dana & Gould.

While at Johnson & Wales, he served as practicum director and assistant dean of the School of Technology (now the College of Engineering & Design); as chair of the Cultural Life Series hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences; and on both the Faculty Council and the University Curriculum Committee. He currently chairs the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Committee.

Schneyer is interested in astronomy, feminist theory, formal logic, presidential history, bicycling, weight training, and practically everything else. Born in Detroit, he now lives in Rhode Island's East Bay with his wife, a singer and college professor


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., Wesleyan University

I have my feet in two different worlds: On the one hand I’m teaching business law courses. On the other I’m teaching science fiction and literature.


  • ILS2440: Logic, Reasoning & Nonsense: How to Tell the Difference
  • ILS4125: Honors Seminar: Shakespeare: Studies in the Politics of Performance
  • LAW3015: Criminal Procedure
  • LAW3080: Cyberlaw
  • LIT4010: Science Fiction
  • PSCI2150: American Constitutional Law

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, 1987-present
Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 1991-present (Book Review Editor, American Business Law Journal, 1998-2000)
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, 2010-present
Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop, 2010-present



  • Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices (Fairwood Press 2020)
  • The Law & the Heart (Stillpoint Digital Press 2014)
  • "Tamaza's Future and Mine" (Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 2024)
  • "Winding Sheets" (Lightspeed Magazine 2024)
  • "Hooting: Public and Popular Discourse about Sex Discrimination" (University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 1998)
  • "The Culture of Risk: Deconstructing Mutual Mistake" (American Business Law Journal 1997)
  • "Avoiding the Personal Pronoun: The Rhetoric of Display and Camouflage in the Law of Sexual Orientation" (Rutgers Law Review 1994)

Honors And Awards

  • Faculty Research Fellowship, Johnson & Wales University, 2019-2020
  • Finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, 2014
  • Finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for Short Fiction, 2014
  • Story Quest Short Story Contest: Finalist, 2012
  • First Prize, Sixty Word Sagas fiction competition, Earlyworks Press, 2008
  • First Prize for Fiction, Pheonix Rising competition, 2007
  • Solution Development Award for most significant improvements to the School of Technology, Johnson & Wales University, 2003
  • "Nobody Lives Forever" Award for taking greatest personal or professional risks for the School of Technology, Johnson & Wales University, 2002
  • Publishing/Research Award from College of Business, Johnson & Wales University, 1995, 1997, and 2008