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Saskia Coenen Snyder Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS)

Saskia Coenen Snyder, an Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at USC, has been awarded a fellowship-in-residency at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Amsterdam for the 2017-2018 academic year. The NIAS, funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW),  aims to stimulate advanced research and intellectual exchange among scholars from across the globe. With sister Institutes for Advanced Study in Berlin, Princeton, and Harvard, the NIAS ranks among the most prestigious institutes for academic research in the Humanities.

Dr. Coenen Snyder will be working on her second book project, Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Global Commerce, which examines the role of Jews in the transatlantic diamond trade. This project received the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award and the University of South Carolina's Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) grant in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her article, "'As Long As It Sparkles!' The Diamond Industry in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam," which is based on one of her book chapters, will be published by the scholarly journal Jewish Social Studies next fall.

Dr. Coenen Snyder, who also serves as the Associate Director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, teaches undergraduate classes and senior seminars in Modern Jewish History, the Holocaust, the History and Legacy of Anne Frank, Western Civilization, and Nineteenth-Century Europe.