North Central College alumna Rachel Louise Snyder authors New Yorker article

Jul 26, 2013

North Central College alumna Rachel Louise Snyder ’92 authored a New Yorker magazine article about research into new methods of domestic violence intervention.

Snyder’s piece, “A Raised Hand: Can a New Approach Curb Domestic Homicide,” is published in the July 22 issue of The New Yorker. The article may be found on The New Yorker’s website, but is available in its entirety only to subscribers.

Snyder’s article explores collaborative efforts by social service agency representatives, law enforcement and prosecutors to intervene in cases in hopes of reducing acts of violence. Snyder reports how intervention teams hope to identify offenders who are likely to commit domestic violence, and how their work could lead to changes in policies and laws designed to protect victims.

Snyder is an assistant professor in the department of literature at American university in Washington, D.C., and an author and investigative journalist with a global focus. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times magazine, Slate and the New Republic. She also has produced radio pieces that have aired on National Public Radio programs.

She graduated from North Central College with a major in English studies and a minor in history. She went on to earn a master of fine arts in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. A Washington, D.C., resident, she has also lived in London and Cambodia.

She visited campus in May and delivered the guest lecture, “The Post-Sweatshop World: Ethical Issues and Emerging Trends,” about worker conditions in global manufacturing operations.

Snyder’s website is