Zoann Snyder

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Zoann Snyder
Associate Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-5278
3215 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
  • Ph.D., Justice Studies, Arizona State University, 1992
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, Wayne State College, 1985
Teaching interests: 
  • Correctional Process, UG Level
  • Criminal Justice Process, UG Level
  • Advanced Criminology, UG Level
  • Qualitative Methods, Graduate Level
Research interests: 
  • Women's physical fitness at mid-life
  • Service learning and community partnerships
  • Prisoner reentry

Dr. Zoann Snyder is an associate professor of sociology at Western Michigan University and director of graduate studies for sociology at Western Michigan University.

Snyder's published research includes:

  • "Keeping Families Together: The Importance of Maintaining Mother-Child Contact for Incarcerated Women." Women and Criminal Justice.
  • "The Power of Place: Two Examples of Community Partnerships and Student Experiences." In Javier Trevino and Karen McCormack (eds.) Service Sociology and Academic Engagement in Social Problems.
  • "What about Women? The Representation of Women in Media, Crime, and Violence Textbooks." In Drew Humphries (ed.) Women, Violence, and the Media.

Snyder is working on a new area of inquiry about women's physical fitness at mid-life which focuses on women engaged in competitive sports after age 40. She uses a feminist theoretical framework to guide her research, and qualitative inquiry to engage a small core of runners and bodybuilders in dialogue about their personal paths to competitive sport at an age when many have chosen more leisurely exercise routines.