Suzanne Snider

Oral Historian, Lead Interviewer and Consultant

Suzanne Snider serves as Oral Historian, Lead Interviewer and Consultant for the Berman Institute’s Moral Histories Oral History Project. She has worked in the field of oral history for more than 20 years as an interviewer, consultant and trainer. Her most recent projects include sound installation, essays and archive design. In 2012, Snider founded Oral History Summer School in Hudson, New York to explore nontraditional applications for (and experimental outcomes of) life history and collaborative narrative practices. The school has trained more than 800 interviewers and founded the Community Library of Voice and Sound as an archive for life history, sound and song. Snider has been invited to run trainings for Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the National Public Housing Museum, Google AI and the National Library of Kosovo, among others. She served as an advisor for the Judd Foundation’s Oral History program and trained curators at MoMA as part of the museum’s international program on Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives. Her nonfiction has been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Believer, BOMB and several artist catalogues, supported by repeat fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. In 2018, she co-founded the Trauma and Journalism work group with journalist Allison Lichter, funded by the Mellon Foundation and the New School. She has served as visiting faculty at Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and Columbia University’s Oral History Masters Program. She currently teaches at the New School and lives in Hudson, New York with her daughter.