Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Gregory J. Snyder

Email: gregory.snyder@baruch.cuny.edu
Phone: (646) 312-4484

Location: VC 4-251


Gregory J. Snyder is a sociologist and ethnographer who studies subcultures.  His research focuses on urban subcultures such as graffiti writers, hip hop artists, musicians and professional skateboarders, with and emphasis on subculture theory, urban space and issues of social justice. 

His first book, Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Undergound, (NYU Press, 2009) has received critical acclaim in both the New York Times, and the journal of Contemporary Sociology.

Currently, Professor Snyder is working on his second book titled, The Grind: Professional Street Skateboarding in an Age of Spatial Constraint, (NYU Press, Aug. 2012)

His most recent article, "The City and the Subculture Career: Professional Street Skateboarding in LA", introduces the idea of "subcultural enclaves" as a mechanism for attracting participants to urban centers, which foster "subculture careers" and appears in the international journal, Ethnography (Sage, 2012)

He is currently working on an article titled, “Spot Profits: The Subcultural Production of Skateboarding Spaces" , which follows the entire process of professional street skating and describes all of the elements that go into the execution of skateboarding tricks which are produced in magazines. This paper also highlights the complex role that places play in the production of skateboarding careers.

Professor Snyder was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Whiting Fellowship for excellence in teaching.  The award came with a full year release from classes during 2009-2010 and a research grant to continue working on his ethnographic study of professional street skateboarders.

He has a Ph.D in Sociology, and an MA in Liberal Studies, from the New School for Social Research, and a BA in History, from the University of Wisconsin, Madision.

He joined the department of sociology and anthropology at Baruch College in the Fall of 2007, where the classes he teaches include, Introduction to Sociology, Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Social Class in American Life. 

Greg grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but has been a New Yorker since January 7, 1992.

Graffiti Lives Video Trailer on Youtube directed by Indie filmmaker Jacob Waxler

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