Edward Snajdr

Edward Snajdr

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
Deputy Chair and Associate Professor, CUNY, John Jay College, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Political and legal anthropology, gender violence, environmentalism, social justice, policing and civil society

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 am also exploring the role of technology in the public and private spheres of cultural systems. I have fieldwork experience in post-socialist states including Slovakia, Kazakhstan, and Bosnia, as well as in the U.S. My research 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).

My first book Nature Protests: The End of Ecology After Communism (U Washington Press) examines the dynamics of environmental activism in the political history of Slovakia. I have published widely on human trafficking, domestic violence and Islam, ethnicity and gender violence, environmental justice movements and on gentrification, social justice and placemaking.  

I have just completed a new book with Shonna Trinch titled What the Signs Say: Language, Gentrification and Placemaking in Brooklyn. Published by Vanderbilt University Press (June 2020).  The book investigates the dynamics of place making and urban change in the framework of gentrification, redevelopment and its intersections with diversity, inclusion, racism, and white privilege. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
East Asia and the Pacific
Europe / Eurasia
Western Hemisphere
Curriculum Vitae
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