Saskia Coenen Snyder (PhD University of Michigan, 2008) is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Associate Director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is the author of Building a Public Judaism: Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe, published by Harvard University Press in 2013.
Her second book, tentatively titled Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Diamond Trade examines the role of Jews in the international diamond industry.
Her work has appeared, among others, in Jewish Social Studies, Jewish History, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, and The Marginalia Review of Books. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including an NEH summer grant, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Research Fellowship, a DAAD research fellowship, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Faculty Research Grant. During the 2017-18 academic year, she was a fellow-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Amsterdam.