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Rachel Louise Snyder

Associate Professor Department of Literature

Rachel Louise Snyder is a writer, professor and public radio commentator. Her first book Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade was published in 2007 by WW Norton. An excerpt of the book –aired on This American Life and won an Overseas Press Club Award. Her second book, a novel set in Oak Park, Illinois and entitled What We’ve Lost is Nothing will be published in January, 2014 by Scribner. Snyder’s print work has also appeared in the the New Yorker, New York Times magazine, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Men’s Journal, Jane, Travel and Leisure, the New Republic, Redbook and Glamour. She hosted the nationally-syndicated global affairs series “Latitudes” on public radio, and her stories have aired on Marketplace and All Things Considered. Snyder has traveled to more than 50 countries and lived in London from 1999 – 2001 and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 2003 - 2009. In the summer of 2009, she relocated to Washington, DC, where she is currently an assistant professor in the MFA creative writing program at American University.


MFA, Creative Writing, Emerson College
BA English/History, North Central College

Favorite Spot on Campus
I'll never tell!
Languages Spoken
English, some Khmer, some Spanish
CAS - Literature
Battelle Tompkins - 213
Contact Info
(202) 885-8955
For the Media
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Literature Department


  • Fall 2018

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • New York Times Magazine
  • National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered
  • Public Radio International’s “This American Life”
  • American Public Media’s “Marketplace”
  • New Republic
  • Redbook
  • Men’s Journal
  • Glamour
  • Chicago Tribune

Media Appearances

  • Marketplace
  • The World
  • This American Life
  • Chicago Magazine
  • Chicago Public Radio
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Bloomberg News
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Publisher’s Weekly

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Lowell Thomas Award, Overseas Press Club, Best Interpretation of International Affairs
  • Society for Professional Journalists, General Excellence

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Creative writing, literary journalism, culture of globalization

Additional Information:

Snyder is an author, journalist, and public radio contributor. Her first book, Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, was published by W. W. Norton and came out in paperback in April 2009. The Library Journal called it one of the “best business books” of the year. An excerpt of the book, which ran on the radio show "This American Life," won an overseas press award. Her second book, a novel set in Oak Park, Illinois, What We’ve Lost is Nothing, published in January 2014. Her work has also appeared in numerous magazines and on national public radio. Before settling in Washington, D.C., she lived in London and Cambodia. Snyder is the host of NPR's Latitudes, a radio program that explores innovative solutions to global issues.

Media Relations
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