George and Ann RichardsCivil War Era Center

Colored Conventions
Christina Snyder
Christina Snyder

Christina Snyder

McCabe Greer Professor of the American Civil War Era
210 Weaver Building, University Park , PA 16802


  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
  • AB, University of Georgia, 2001


Christina Snyder is a historian of colonialism, race, and slavery, with a focus on North America from the pre-contact era through the nineteenth century.

Snyder’s first book, Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America, was published by Harvard University Press in 2010 and earned a wide range of accolades, including the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize, the James H. Broussard Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the John C. Ewers Prize from the Western History Association. Snyder’s latest book, Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson was released by Oxford University Press in early 2017. Her current projects include: a textbook, American Horizons: US History in a Global Context, co-authored with Michael Schaller, Janette Thomas Greenwood, Andrew Kirk, Sarah J. Purcell, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean; a co-authored book with Zara Anishanslin on American history through material culture; and a solo project tentatively titled Slavery After the Civil War: The Slow Death and Many Afterlives of Bondage.

Snyder is also the author of more than twenty-five articles and review essays, and her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Snyder’s work has been featured on PBSNPR and  Slate .

Areas of Specialization:

Nineteenth Century U.S.: