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13th Annual Research Symposium Keynote

Timothy Snyder headshot, Yale faculty page
Timothy Snyder
Richard C. Levin Professor of History
Yale University


26 February, 4 PM (tentative)
Taft Research Center

A prominent historian and public intellectual, Dr. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University. A permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is also recipient of the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2015 and received the Havel Foundation prize the same year. He has received state orders from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Collection of Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and other organizations.

Among Dr. Snyder’s publications are six single-authored award-winning books, all of which have been translated: “Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz” (1998, second edition 2016); “The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999” (2003); “Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine” (2005); “The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke” (2008); and “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” (2010). “Bloodlands” won twelve awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. It has been translated into thirty-three languages, was named to twelve book-of-the-year lists, and was a bestseller in six countries. His most recent book, “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning” (2015) will appear in twenty-four foreign editions. It has been a bestseller in four countries and has received multiple distinctions including the award of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee. Snyder is also the co-editor of two books: “Wall Around the West: State Borders and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America” (2001) and “Stalin and Europe: Terror, War, Domination” (2013). In a very special project, Snyder helped his friend, the distinguished historian and intellectual Tony Judt, to compose a thematic history of political ideas and intellectuals in politics, “Thinking the Twentieth Century” (2012). Snyder’s essays on the Ukrainian revolution were published in in Russian and Ukrainian as Ukrainian History, Russian Politics, European Futures (2014).

Dr. Snyder’s scholarly articles have appeared in Past and Present, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and other journals; he has also written for The New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, and The New Republic as well as for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers.

Dr. Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He speaks five and reads ten European languages.

For more information, please visit Dr. Snyder’s faculty page at Yale University by clicking on this sentence.


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