Christina Snyder is an associate professor of History and American studies. She earned an A.B. in anthropology from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The recipient of the Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Snyder spent two years in Philadelphia before accepting her current position. At Indiana University, Snyder offers courses in Native American and Indigenous studies and American history, and her excellence in teaching has been recognized with a Trustees’ Teaching Award and an appearance on C-SPAN’s Lectures in History.

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. She is the author of more than twenty-five articles and reviews, 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. She is completing another book on Choctaw Academy, the first national Indian boarding school in the United States, to explore how the U.S. used a tandem approach—violence and the more subtle power of acculturation—to exert economic, political, and cultural influence far beyond even its extensive territory, and the complex and sometimes surprising ways that colonized people responded. As a Faculty Curator at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Snyder is working with the Ohio Valley-Great Lakes Ethnohistory Archive as well as the lab’s vast collections to begin work on a third project, Ancient America, which combines history, archaeology, and oral tradition to offer a more seamless narrative of the North American past and dissolve the Eurocentric divide between “prehistory” and “history.”