Historian Snyder wins inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History, was recently awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Snyder is among 32 fellows in the inaugural class of the annual fellowship program that will provide support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The fellows will receive awards of up to $200,000 each, which will enable them to take sabbaticals in order to devote time to their research and writing.

According to the fellowship’s website, “the Andrew Carnegie Fellows are an exceptional group of established and emerging scholars, journalists, and authors whose work distills knowledge, enriches our culture, and equips leaders in the realms of science, law, business, public policy, and the arts. Their proposals address issues including policing and race, big data and privacy, the impact of an aging population, the safety of generic drugs, and how attitudes are formed among voters.”

Snyder, whose research project is titled “The End of Europe,” is permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences. Among his publications are several award-winning books, all of which have been translated. These include: “Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine,” “The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke,” and “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.” “Bloodlands” won 12 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 more than 30 languages, was named to 12 book-of-the-year lists, and became a bestseller in six countries. Snyder’s forthcoming book, titled “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning,” will be published in September 2015 and in 15 foreign editions thereafter.

Snyder is also the co-editor of “Wall Around the West: State Borders and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America,” and “Stalin and Europe: Terror, War, Domination.” 

Snyder serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies. His scholarly articles have appeared in Past and Present, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and other journals. He has written for Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and other organizations.