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Dr. Justin Snyder

Justin Snyder

Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
School: Arts & Letters
Academic Department: Sociology and Criminal Justice
Phone: 814-471-1125
E-mail: jsnyder@francis.edu
Office Location: Scotus 204


  • Ph.D. University of Virginia (Sociology)
  • M.A. University of Virginia (Sociology)
  • B.A. University of Illinois (History)


Currently, I am involved in two research projects. First, I am conducting the MEMCAT Study. For the study, I am interviewing U.S. combat veterans to provide new insight into traumatic memory and combat trauma, as well as other personal consequences of combat. Second, I am interviewing mental health professionals on the process of diagnosis. I also enjoy helping students with their own research projects and have worked with students on primary research projects exploring subjects such as public perceptions of combat veterans’ mental health and readjustment, parenting a child with a mental disorder, being a child of a Holocaust survivor, and Polish memory of the Holocaust.



Medical sociology, mental disorder, trauma, violence, memory, identity and selfhood, moral order, qualitative methods.


Selected Professional Activity

  • “’Blood, Guts, and Gore Galore:’ Bodies, Moral Pollution, and Combat Trauma.” Symbolic Interaction (DOI: 10.1002/symb.116), 2014.
  • “Trauma, The Patient’s View.” In Andrew Scull (ed.) Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness, Vol. 2, pp. 890-3. SAGE Reference, 2014.
  • “War.” In Andrew Scull (ed.) Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness, Vol. 2, pp. 955-8. SAGE Reference, 2014.
  • “Growing Up at the Barrel of a Gun: Masculinity and Traumatic Awakening.” Understanding and Responding to Violence and Trauma Conference, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, May 2014.
  • “Dirt, Combat, and the Moral Constitution of Traumatic Memories.” North Central Sociological Association, Indianapolis, IN, April 2013.
  • Review of What is Mental Illness? by Richard McNally, Medical Sociology Online. 6(2): 54-6, May 2012. (Co-authored with Caitlin Rivers, Saint Francis University undergraduate)
  • Review of The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood by D. Fassin and R. Rechtman, Sociology of Health and Illness, 32(4): 370-2, May 2010.
  • "An Introduction to Trauma and Politics: Victimhood, Regret, and Healing." Amalgam 2(1): 15-38, September 2008.
  • "The Problems with Boundaries: Critical Reflections on Symbolic Boundaries," Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, April 2007.




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