Dr. Erin Snider holds a PhD in politics and international studies from Trinity College, Cambridge. Her other degrees include an MSc in Middle East politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a BA summa cum laude from James Madison University. Dr. Snider was a Carnegie Fellow with the New America Foundation and recently received a Bridging the Gap Policy Engagement fellowship. She was a postdoctoral fellow in regional political economy (Middle East) at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, part of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. While at Cambridge, Dr. Snider was a Gates Scholar, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2007-2008, she held a Fulbright Fellowship to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo’s Arabic Language Institute. Dr. Snider has been an assistant professor at the Bush School since 2013, where she teaches courses in the political economy and history of modern Egypt and the Middle East as well as the politics and practice of democracy promotion.
Among Dr. Snider’s research interests are international relations of the Middle East, comparative politics, foreign assistance and international security, democratization, and US foreign policy. She has published in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Middle East Journal, and Middle East Policy and has a book in progress: Marketing Democracy: The Political Economy of Democracy Aid in the Middle East.