Ronald Milton Schneider is a political scientist who is a professor at Queens College. He is known for writing Communism in Guatemala: 1944 to 1954, a book which documented the increasing influence of communism during the Guatemalan Revolution.  Professor Schneider was born in Minneapolis, and went to school in Valley City, North Dakota.  In 1954 he graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He ranked at the top of his class at graduation.  He received his Master’s Degree in political science from Princeton University in 1956, and received his Ph.D in 1958.  By 1959 he had begun to work as a political analyst for the US State Department. While working there, he was briefly assigned to the US embassy in Rio de Janeiro.  For seven years beginning in 1963 Schneider was an associate professor of public law and government at Columbia University, where was also an active part of the Institute of Latin American Studies.  Later he became a professor of political science at Queens College.  He has written several books on Central and South America such as Brazil: Culture and Politics in a New Industrial Powerhouse; Order and Progress: A Political History of Brazil; Latin American Political History: Patterns and Personalities; and others.