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Jeff Snyder ’97

Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Educational Studies
Chair of Educational Studies, Educational Studies

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

Jeff Snyder, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, is a historian of education who studies the modern 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 QuarterlySchools and Teachers College Record. He is also a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, including American ProspectBoston Review, the Chronicle of Higher EducationEducation WeekInside Higher Ed, the New Republic and the Washington Post.

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).


At Carleton since 2012.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2020
    EDUC 100: Will This Be on the Test? Standardized Testing and American Education
  • Winter 2021
    EDUC 110: Introduction to Educational Studies
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    EDUC 338: Multicultural Education
  • Fall 2021
    EDUC 100: Will This Be on the Test? Standardized Testing and American Education
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