Greta Snyder


Teaching in 2018


BA Haverford College

MA, PhD University of Virginia


Greta joined the programme in February 2013 after completing a doctorate at the University of Virginia. Trained as a theorist, her research focuses on activism. She is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in racial justice and new materialist politics. She will be on research and study leave in the second half of 2017.

Current research

Greta is currently engaged in two lines of research.  

The first considers the value of an ecological framework in thinking about racial injustice and racial justice struggles at a time when conversation across racial political divides is stymied. Her book manuscript — entitled The Ecology of Racial Justice — recommends democratic theory and action that attend to the dynamic interactions between individuals and their media, physical, and social environments.  

The second examines how power is conceptualized in the literature on transnational activism. Drawing out the limits of the most prominent framework for thinking about power in activism across borders, she introduces an alternative conception of power — generative power -- and demonstrates how it can help to highlight overlooked phenomena like expressive communities and can inform important debates about, for instance, prefigurative politics.


'Solidarity: Definitive Characteristics, Modern Forms and Contemporary Debates', in Stone, J, RM Dennis, P Rizova, AD Smith and X Hou (eds), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).

'Recogntition in the Struggle Against Global Injustice', in Schick, K, and P Hayden (eds) Recognition and Global Politics: Critical Encounters between State and World (Manchester University Press, 2016), pp. 175-194.

"'Marking Whiteness" for Cross-Racial Solidarity', The Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Vol. 12, No. 2 (2015), pp. 297-319.

'On Post-Blackness and the Black Fantastic', Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 16, No. 3-4 (2014), pp. 330-350.

'Multivalent Recognition: Between Fixity and Fluidity in Identity politics', Journal of Politics, Vol. 71, No. 1 (2012), pp. 462-487.

'Self-Work and the Reproduction of Privilege: Reading Beloved against Antigone', Polity, Vol. 43, No. 4 (2011), pp. 249-261.


Teaching in 2018