Colin Snider

Colin Snider

Title: Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor
Department: History
Building: CAS Office 118
Email: csnider@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.565.5758


  • B.A., Ohio Northern University
  • M.A., University of New Mexico
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico


I am Assistant Professor of Latin American History at the University of Texas-Tyler, with a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico. My work specializes in social movements, higher education, military regimes, state-society relations, and human rights & memory in Latin America, with a specific focus on Brazil.  I have published articles on higher education, student movements, and transitional politics in Brazil. I am currently at work on a manuscript that uses the Brazilian university system to examine the ways in which the middle class played an increasingly central role in defining the political and social struggles of Brazil in the twentieth century. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Colonial Latin American History, Modern Latin American History, Social Movements in World History, Inter-American Relations, and Native American History. Additionally, I serve as the book review editor for the quarterly scholarly journal The Latin Americanist.

Selected Publication

“‘Deficient Education,’ ‘Academic Questions,’ and the Moral Economy of Students: Universities and the Politics of the Everyday in Brazil’s Military Dictatorship.” The Americas 75:4 (2018). [Forthcoming]

“‘The Perfection of Democracy Cannot Do without Dealing with the Past’: Dictatorship, Memory, and the Politics of the Present in Brazil.” The Latin Americanist 62:1 (2018).

“Student Mobilization, Higher Education, and the 2013 Protests in Brazil in Historical Perspective.”Latin American Research Review 52:2 (August 2017): 253-268.

“Catholic Campuses, Secular Struggles: Student Activism and Catholic Universities in Brazil, 1950-1970.” In Local Church, Global Church: Catholic Activism in the Americas before Vatican II. Edited by Stephen J.C. Andes and Julia G. Young, 185-204. Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2016.

"‘An Incomplete Autonomy’: Higher Education and State-Society Relations in Brazil, 1950s-1980s.” The Latin Americanist 60:1 (March 2016): 139-159.

“‘A More Systemic Fight for Reform’: University Reform, Student Movements, Society, and the State in Brazil, 1957-1968.”  In The Third World in the Global 1960s. Edited by Samantha Christiansen and Zachary Scarlett, 101-115. New York: Berghahn Books, 2013; paperback, 2015.

“Egyptians, the Army Is Not Your Quick Fix.” Foreign Policy – Democracy Lab, 14 June 2013.

Curriculum Vitae