Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University
Sarah B. Snyder specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism, and U.S. human rights policy. Her first book, Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network, (Cambridge University Press), won the 2012 Stuart Bernath Book Prize for best first book and the 2012 Myrna F. Bernath Book Award for the best book written by a woman in the field from The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Her second book, Human Rights Before Carter (under contract with Columbia University Press) explores the development of U.S. human rights policy during the long 1960s. She previously served as a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Yale University, the Pierre Keller Post -Doctoral Fellow in Transatlantic Relations at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies also at Yale, and as a professorial lecturer at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown, M.A. from University College London, and B.A. with honors from Brown University.