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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

"Not a False Alarm: Partisan Politics Prevents the Left from Seeing Threats to Campus Free Expression" (co-authored with Amna Khalid), Inside Higher Ed, January 23, 2019.

"Not a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: Why Left-Leaning Faculty Should Care About Threats to Free Expression on Campus" (co-authored with Amna Khalid), FIRE 2018 Faculty Conference Papers.

"White nationalists have tried to weaponize free speech. Here's why it's still worth defending," Washington Post, November 16, 2018.

"Bias Reporting Incidents on Campus," The Academic Minute, November 6, 2018.

"We Don't Need No Education?" Review of The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan, Boston Review, May 9, 2018.

"Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces and Shout Downs: The Dumbing Down of Higher Education," Keynote address with Amna Khalid at the Minnesota American Association of University Professors Winter Forum, St. Catherine University, February 24, 2018.

“Reverse the Stage: Black History Month in the Past and the Present," Angelina Weld Grimké Lecture, Carleton College, February 13, 2018.

"The Staying Power of Black History," American Prospect, February 8, 2018.

Making Black History: The Color Line, Culture and Race in the Age of Jim Crow, University of Georgia Press, February 2018. 

"Fear of Contagion and the Rage to Censor," Invited essay for Salmagundi (special issue on Politics and the Current Academy), Winter-Spring 2018.

"Threats to Free Expression on Campus Undermine Teaching and Learning," Keynote address at North Dakota State University ("Does Free Expression Always Make Us Smarter and Stronger?" Forum), December 6, 2017.

"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, Washington, DC, 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, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, is a historian of education who studies the twentieth-century United States. His work explores the intersections between the history of education and broader trends in U.S. cultural and intellectual history, examining questions about race, national identity and the purpose of public education in a diverse, democratic society. 

Professor Snyder is the author of the book Making Black History: Race, Culture and the Color Line in the Age of Jim Crow (University of Georgia Press, 2018). His articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in academic journals such as History of Education Quarterly, Schools and Teachers College Record. He is also a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, including American Prospect, Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, the New Republic and Salmagundi.

A Carleton alumnus, Professor Snyder majored in Psychology and minored 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, he 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.

Professor Snyder 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).

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Profile updated March 1, 2019

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