Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder

Brief Bio: Timothy D. Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University and is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

Education and Fellowships:

Snyder received his Bachelor of Arts in European history and political science from Brown University in 1991. He then became a British Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he completed his doctorate in 1997.

He has held fellowships at the Centre Nationale des Recherches Scientifiques, Paris (1994-1995); the Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (1997); served as an Academy Scholar at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs (1998-2001); and has held multiple fellowships at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna.


Professor Snyder teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in modern Eastern European political history and graduate seminars on the Holocaust.


Snyder is the author of Nationalism, Marxism and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (Harvard Press, 1998); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (Yale Press, 2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (Yale Press, 2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (Basic Books, 2008); and Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010). He also co-authored Wall around the West: State Power and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001); and wrote Thinking the Twentieth Century (Penguin, 2012) with Tony Judt.

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin is particularly widely acclaimed and reviewed. It has been translated into twenty eight languages, and was a bestseller in the United States, Israel, Poland, Latvia, Germany and Colombia. It has received the Leipzig Prize for European Understanding; the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities; the Moczarski Prize in History; Literature Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters; Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding; Phi Beta Kappa Emerson Book Award; Gustav Ranis International History Prize; Prakhina Foundation International Book Prize, honorable mention; Jean-Charles Velge Prize; Tadeusz Walendowski Book Prize; Wacław Jędrzejewicz History Medal; Cundill Prize Recognition of Excellence; shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize; shortlisted for the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize (ASEEES); shortlisted for the Austrian Scholarly Book of the Year; shortlisted for the NRD Sachbuch Prize; and Jury commendation, Bristol Festival of Ideas.


Snyder is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New York Review of Books Blog and his  book reviews are frequently featured in the Times Literary Supplement. They are also included in such academic serials as the Slavic Review, Historically Speaking, American Historical Review, Journal of Modern History, Journal of Cold War Studies, and the International History Review.

He has also written articles for Prospect, Transit, Die Presse, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The New Republic.


Professor Snyder has delivered several hundred public lectures around the world in English, French, German and Polish. He has spoken in association with honorary chairs at the Université Libre in Brussels, Leiden University in the Netherlands, and the London School of Economics.  He has also been chosen to deliver several of the major lectures in Holocaust studies, such as the Einspruch Lecture at University of Texas-Dallas, the Wald Lecture at the University of Nebraska, the 1939 Club Lecture at UCLA, the Edel Lecture at Princeton University, the Robert Kragalott Lecture at Ohio-Wesleyan University, the first lecture of the Girard Series at Stanford University, as well as a keynote at the Lessons and Legacies conference.


Snyder won the 2013 Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought  for the Bloodlands. The prize is awarded annually to individuals who identify and uniquely present contentious political issues.

Ongoing Projects:

Professor Snyder is completing a short book on the causes of the Holocaust, and is working on a history of Eastern Europe as well as a family history of nationalism.

In addition, he serves as Series Editor for the Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe.

He leads the “United Europe-Divided Memory” project held out of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen. This is a series of workshops that examine the possible formulation of a postwar transnational European history. Snyder has presented multiple papers at this venue, including: “German and Soviet Occupations in Eastern Europe, 1938-1945,” (Vienna, September 2008); “Stalinism and Europe, 1933-1953,”( Vienna, November 2008); (“Hitler and Stalin: Renewing the Comparisons,” Yale, April 2009); (“Tomorrow’s Yesterday: Memory Politics in Europe,” Vienna, September 2009); and “The Balkans and the Modern State,” (Vienna, May 2010).


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