Timothy D. Snyder was born in the Midwest and received his Bachelor of Arts in European history and political science from Brown University. He then became a British Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where he completed his doctorate in 1997.
He has held fellowships at the Centre Nationale des Recherches Scientifiques, Paris (1994-1995); the Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (1997); served as an Academy Scholar at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs (1998-2001); and has held multiple fellowships at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna.
At Yale, he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in modern eastern European political history and graduate seminars on the Holocaust, on Eastern European history as global history, and on the dynamics of international crisis in European political history. Among his numerous publications are six single-authored award-winning books: Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1998); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1659-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010). In 2017 he published On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.