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Jeff Snyder

Jeff Snyder ’97

Education & Professional History

Carleton College, BA; Harvard University, EdM; New York University, PhD.

At Carleton since 2012.

Highlights & Recent Activity

"What's Wrong with Bias Response Teams? Free Expression, Higher Education and the Diversity Paradox," Presentation with Amna Khalid at the American Association of University Professors Annual Conference, June 15, 2017.

"Why Academic Freedom Matters in the Classroom," Invited Talk with Amna Khalid at Augsburg College, November 17, 2016.

"Free Speech? Now, That's Offensive!" Inside Higher Ed, September 1, 2016.

"What is Education For?" Forum, Boston Review, May 9, 2016.

"The Rise of 'Bias Response Teams' on Campus" (co-authored with Amna Khalid), New Republic, April 30, 2016.

"Social Justice Isn't the Only Reason to Teach About Race," Education Week, November 24, 2015.

Progressive Education in Black and White: Rereading Carter G. Woodson's Miseducation of the Negro," History of Education Quarterly 55, no.3 (August 2015): 273-293.

"Teaching Matters: Observations on Teacher Evaluations" (co-authored with W. David Hibler), Schools: Studies in Education 12, no.1 (Spring 2015): 33-47.

"America Will Never Move Beyond the Culture Wars." Review of A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars by Andrew Hartman, New Republic, April 23, 2015.

Professor Snyder featured in American Prospect article about character education, "Teaching Character: Grit, Privilege and American Education's Obsession with Novelty," April 17, 2015.

"What SAT Critics Miss." Review of The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America by Lani Guinier, Boston Review, January 13, 2015.

Professor Snyder featured in New York Times Op-Talk article about character education, "Should Schools Teach Personality?", January 10, 2015.

"Teaching Kids 'Grit' is All the Rage: Here's What's Wrong With It," New Republic, May 6, 2014.

"Distance Vision." Review of Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty by Beth Zasloff and Joshua Steckel, Chronicle Review, March 28, 2014.

"Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools." Review of The Public School Advantage by Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Theule Lubienski, Boston Review, December 5, 2013.

"Fifty Years Later: Letter from Birmingham Jail."  Review of Gospel of Freedom by Jonathan Rieder.  New Republic, April 19, 2013.

Review of Back to School by Mike RoseEducation Review, April 15, 2013.

 

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Educational Studies

Jeff Snyder, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, is a historian of education who studies the twentieth-century United States. A Carleton alumnus, Professor Snyder majored in Psychology and concentrated in Educational Studies. He holds an EdM in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD in the History of Education from New York University.

Before pursuing graduate studies, Professor Snyder taught English to Speakers of Other Languages to students of all ages and ability levels in the Czech Republic, France, China, India, Nepal and the United States. He teaches the following courses: Will This Be On the Test? Standardized Testing and American Education (EDUC 100), Introduction to Educational Studies (EDUC 110), History of American School Reform (EDUC 245), Fixing Schools: Politics and Policy in American Education (EDUC 250) and Multicultural Education (EDUC 338).

Professor Snyder's work explores the intersections between the history of education and broader trends in U.S. cultural and intellectual history.  His research interests include African American education during the Jim Crow era; radical and experimental education in the 1960s and 1970s; and standardized testing, from the turn of the twentieth century to today.  His articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of African American History, History of Education Quarterly and Teachers College Record as well as newspapers and magazines such as Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New Republic.  He is completing a book called Making Black History: Race, Culture and the Color Line in the Age of Jim Crow, under contract with the University of Georgia Press.

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Africana Studies

Jeff Snyder, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, is a historian of education who studies the twentieth-century United States. A Carleton alumnus, Professor Snyder majored in Psychology and concentrated in Educational Studies. He holds an EdM in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD in the History of Education from New York University.

Before pursuing graduate studies, Professor Snyder taught English to Speakers of Other Languages to students of all ages and ability levels in the Czech Republic, France, China, India, Nepal and the United States. He teaches the following courses at Carleton: Introduction to Educational Studies (EDUC 110), Multicultural Education (EDUC 238), The History of American School Reform (EDUC 245), Fixing Schools (EDUC 250) and a new Argument & Inquiry seminar called Will This Be On the Test? Standardized Testing and American Education (EDUC 100).

Professor Snyder's work explores the intersections between the history of education and broader trends in U.S. cultural and intellectual history.  His research interests include African American education during the Jim Crow era; radical and experimental education in the 1960s and 1970s; and standardized testing, from the turn of the twentieth-century to today.  His articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of African American History, History of Education Quarterly and Teachers College Record as well as newspapers and magazines such as Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New Republic.  He is completing a book called Making Black History: Race, Culture and the Color Line in the Age of Jim Crow, under contract with the University of Georgia Press.

Profile updated August 17, 2017

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