Edward Snajdr

Edward Snajdr

Associate Professor
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1998   PhD    University of Pittsburgh
1989  BA       Northwestern University


My research interests include urban redevelopment, violence, ethnicity, gender, human trafficking, environmentalism, and the application of anthropological perspectives in the fields of development, law and social justice - broadly defined.
I have conducted fieldwork in Europe and Asian post-socialist states (Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Bosnia) and in the U.S. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of State, Fulbright IIIE, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). I am also interested in understanding the role of technology in the public and private spheres of cultural systems.

My latest book Nature Protests: The End of Ecology After Communism (University of Washington Press 2008) examines the surprisingly dynamic roles that environmentalism has played in the recent political history of both socialist and post socialist Slovakia. My most recent article, in Dialectical Anthropology (snrg-nyc.org), analyzes the importance of discourse in the response to human trafficking and the need for more in-depth ethnographic perspective on this global problem. My other publications include articles in American Ethnologist, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Problems of Post-Communism, among others. Recent book chapters include "Culture and Crime" in International Crime and Justice (Cambridge  U Press 2011) - Mangai Natarajan,, ed., and "Balancing Acts: Domestic Violence, Police and NGOs in Kazakhstan" in The Politics of Domestic Violence in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia (Indiana U Press 2010 - Katalin Fabian, ed.)

I am currently working on a book and several articles (with Shonna Trinch) on the dynamics of place and urban change in the framework of the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, New York, with funding from the National Science Foundation.





 Snajdr, Edward. (2008). Nature Protests: The End of Ecology in Slovakia. University of Washington Press.
Snajdr, Edward (2013) "Beneath the Master Narrative: Human Trafficking, Myths  of Sexual Slavery and Ethnographic  Realities." Dialectical Anthropology. 37(2).


        Snajdr, Edward, and Anthony Marcus. (2013)  "Anti-Anti-Trafficking?: Toward Critical Ethnographies of Human 
Trafficking" Dialectical Anthropology. 37(2).


    Snajdr, Edward (2012) “From Brigades to Blogs: Environmentalism Online in Slovakia 20 Years after the Velvet Revolution” Czech Sociological Review. 48(3): 493-508.


    Snajdr, Edward (2009). “Two Landscapes: Comparing Ecology Movements in Slovakia and

Hungary.” Hungarian Studies. 23(2):211-222.


    Snajdr, Edward. (2007). “Ethnicizing the Subject: Domestic Violence and the Politics of  Primordialism in Kazakhstan.” The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 13:603-620.


    Snajdr, Edward. (2005) “Gender, Power and the Performance of Justice: Muslim Women’s Responses to Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan.” American Ethnologist. 32(2):294-311.


    Snajdr, Edward and Dmitriy Vyortkin. (2001). “Domestic Violence Police Training in Kazakhstan.” Crime and Justice International. Vol. 17. No. 53. Pp. 5-24.
Snajdr, Edward. (1998).“The Children of the Greens: New Ecological Activism in Post-Socialist Slovakia.” Problems of Post-Communism. Vol. 45. No. 1, pp. 54-62.


    Snajdr, Edward and David G. Hudgens. (1992). “Recapturing Anthropology: Anthropological Practice and the Student.” Concept: A Graduate Journal of Interdisciplinary Research. Villanova University. Vol. 15. Spring, pp. 13-21.



Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed):




 -  Snajdr, Edward (2011). “Culture and Crime.” In Mangai Natarajan (ed.) International Crime and Justice. New York-Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 57-64


  - Snajdr, Edward (2010) “Balancing Acts: Women’s NGOs Combating Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan.” In Katalin Fabian (ed.) Domestic Violence in Postcommunist States: Local Activism, National Policies, and Global Forces. Indiana University Press.


 - Snajdr, Edward. (2006). “Creating Police Partnerships in Kazakhstan through U.S.-funded Domestic Violence Training.” In Nathan W. Pino and Michael D. Wiatrowski (eds.), Democratic Policing in Transitional Societies. New York: Ashgate. Pp. 179-197.
- Snajdr, Edward. (2005) “Culture and Crime.” In Mangai Natarajan (ed.) Introduction to  International Criminal Justice. Boston: McGraw Hill Publishing. Pp. 11-18.


 - Snajdr, Edward. (2001). “Grass Roots and Global Visions: Slovakia’s Environmental Movement after Socialism.” In Helena Flam (ed.) Pink, Purple and Green: New Social Movements in Eastern Europe. Columbia University Press.
- Snajdr, Edward. (2001).“Gabcikovo: Symbol of a Nation.” In M. Cioc (ed.) Water Controversies in History. History in Dispute Series. Columbia: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc.


 - Snajdr, Edward. (1999). “Green Intellectuals in Post-Socialist Slovakia.” In Andras Bozoki (ed.) Intellectuals and Politics in Central Europe. Budapest: Central European University Press. Pp. 207-224.



 -    Public Media Articles, Book Reviews, Research Reports and Other Publications Anthropology).


 - Snajdr, Edward and Shonna Trinch (2011). “What the Brownstones Say: Surveying ‘Place’ in Brooklyn.” Anthropology News. 52(3):7.


 - Snajdr, Edward (2010) Review of Adam Fagan, 2004, Environment and Democracy in the Czech Republic. Journal of Canadian-American Slavic Studies.
- Snajdr, Edward (2010). Review of Alexander Diener. 2009, One Homeland or Two? The Nationalization and Transnationalization of Mongolia’s Kazakhs. Woodrow Wilson Center/Stanford University Press. American Ethnologist.


  - Snajdr, Edward (2006). Review of Sally Engle Merry 2006, Human Rights and Gender Violence. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. American Ethnologist.
- Snajdr, Edward (2006). Review of Edward Schatz. 2004. Modern Clan Politics: The Power of “Blood” in Kazakhstan and Beyond. Seattle: University of Washington Press. American Anthropologist.


 - Snajdr, Edward (2005). Evaluation Report: MBTA Transit Police Officer Training - New Approaches on Police/Youth Interactions. Juvenile Justice Center, Suffolk University Law School, June 6.
- Snajdr, Edward (2004). “Domestic Violence and the Police in Kazakhstan: Working for Change.” Anthropology News. 45(4):4849.


 - Snajdr, Edward (1997). Review of Seabron Adamson et al. 1996. “Energy Use, Air Pollution and Environmental Policy in Krakow,” and A. Preker and R. Feachem, 1995. “Market Mechanisms and the Health Sector in Central and Eastern Europe.” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 49. No. 5. Pp. 933-35.


External Research Grants Awarded:

 - 2011   National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology Program, Senior Research Grant #   0963590 (Year Two) “The Dynamics of Placemaking in Contested Cities” Shonna Trinch (Co-PI, Anthropology). (Amount Awarded: $254,000).


 - 2006    International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Post-Conflict Conflict: Assessing Law Enforcement and NGO Community and their Responses to Human Trafficking in Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Jacqueline Berman, PI, Martina Vandenberg, Edward Snajdr, Co-PIs) ($2000)

 - 2002    National Science Foundation. Law and Social Science Program. Senior Research Grant. SES # 0111405.  “Justice, Faith and Gender: Muslim Women’s Responses to Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan.” (Amount: $56,000)


2002    United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Office of Democracy and Governance. Bureau for Europe and Eurasia. “Development and Delivery of Supported Distance Learning Legal Studies Partnership Program for the CEE Region.” Co-PI/Director. Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, 2002-2003. (Amount: $1,995,000)


2001        United States Department of State. Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Anti-Domestic Violence and Trafficking in Persons Program. “Improving the Response to Domestic and Gender Violence in Kazakhstan.” Grant # S-INLEC-01-CA-0009. Applied field research, law enforcement training, women’s NGOs in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Dan Maier-Katkin and Dmitriy Vyortkin (Co-PIs). September 2001-August 2003. (Amount: $430,938)


2000        United States Department of State. Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. “Improving the Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan.” Grant # S-OPRAQ-98-H-N-163. Research, development and delivery of police training program for the Republic of Kazakhstan. Co-PI with Dmitriy Vyortkin, Evelyn Zellerer and Dan Maier-Katkin. January 2000-June 2001. (Amount: $572,000)


1998    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “Social Justice, International NGOs and Civil Society in Eastern Europe.” Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for field research, data analysis, write-up and publication on environmental organizations and Eastern European transition politics. Washington D.C.  One month. (Amount: $3,000)

1995        National Science Foundation. Anthropology Division. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. SBR# 9412715. “Environmentalism and Nationalism in the Slovak Republic” University of Pittsburgh, 1994-
1995. Support for ethnographic field research, data collection and analysis for dissertation. Slovak Republic. (Amount: $6,500)

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Advanced Individual Research Grant. Support for field research, data collection and analysis. Slovak Republic. 1995. (Amount: $13,000)


1994    Fulbright-IIE. Dissertation Research Fellowship. Support for field research, data collection and analysis. Slovak Republic. 1994-1995. (Amount: $15,000)


External Research Grants under review or under development:

 National Science Foundation. Law and Social Science Program. “Moved by the Law” Reviewed in 2011-2012. Under revision for submission in June 2014. (requested $350,000).

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