Robert Snyder
Program Director Graduate Program in American Studies Associate Professor
Department of Arts, Culture and Media
Rutgers University-Newark

Director of the Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark, Snyder has worked since the 1980s with journalists, museum curators, and documentarians to share history with a broad public. An historian and an associate professor in the Dept. of Arts, Culture and Media, he is the author or editor of 12 books on New York City history and media studies. He has taught at Rutgers, Princeton and New York universities.

Currently writing a book about Washington Heights and postwar New York City for Cornell University Press, he is the author of The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York; Transit Talk: New York's Bus and Subway Workers Tell Their Stories; and the co-author of Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York, which won the Barr Prize of the College Art Association; and the editor of nine volumes in media studies. In 2007 he was named an inaugural fellow of the New York Academy of History.

Snyder wrote, produced and directed the documentary short City Kids Meet Ashcan Art, which won a Gold Apple from the National Educational Media Network. He was a consultant and interview source for Tom Lennonís documentary series The Irish in America: Long Journey Home. He directed the research for Ric Burnsí film New York and served as a consultant and interview source for the Sonic Memorial project on September 11 and the World Trade Center, which won the Peabody Award.

He also served as consultant for the Mayor Lindsay exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

Formerly the editor of Media Studies Journal, he also worked at Newsday, the journalism review More, the Tarrytown Daily News and Channel 13/WNET, the public television station of New York City. At Newsday he was a member of a special projects team that explored immigration and ethnic and racial diversity in New York City.

His reviews and articles have been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Urban History, Journal of American History, Journalism and Reviews in American History and in general interest publications such as the New York Times, The Nation, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Jesuit magazine America, the Jewish Forward, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and He has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, WNJN, the History Channel, and the BBC on history, urban affairs and media issues.

Snyder is the founding editor of the Newark Metro, published online at metro, which won the 2008 Rutgers-Newark Chancellor's Award for Community Engagement in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning.

Snyder earned his doctorate in American history at New York University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.