Education: PhD, New York University; MA, New York University; BA, University of California-Santa Barbara. At SPU since 2006.
Dr. Karen Snedker has been at SPU for
10 years. Prior to teaching at SPU, Dr. Snedker spent several years as an NIH
researcher at the University of Washington in the Psychosocial and Community
Health department. She maintains her ties to the UW as a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, affiliate faculty in sociology and a CSDE research affiliate. Prior to moving to Seattle, Dr. Snedker lived in New York City and
received her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from New York
Dr. Snedker’s teaching focuses on
urban sociology, law, homelessness, and mental illness as well as introductory
sociology courses for the general curriculum. In addition to her regular course
load, she works on campuswide efforts to better engage our community around
homelessness. Read a New York Times article highlighting her involvement in Tent City 3.
Dr. Snedker’s research addresses
mental health, homelessness, crime and violence, and neighborhood effects. The
scope of her published work is broad and it has appeared in sociology,
geography, demography, public health, and crime academic outlets. Her current
research program is twofold. First, she is writing a book on the intersection between mental
health and the criminal justice system. The book provides a unique mixed
method study of mental health courts within the
framework of the larger trend towards problem-solving courts. Findings from this research have been
published in Society
and Mental Health. Second, in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer
McKinney, Dr. Snedker is actively involved in homelessness and tent
cities in terms of research, teaching, and public outreach. Together they
designed an innovative research project while SPU hosted a homeless encampment
known as Tent City 3. Research findings
from this project were recently published in Contexts and are forthcoming in Teaching
McKinney, Jennifer and Karen A. Snedker. 2017. "Hosting a Tent City: Student Engagement and Homelessness.” Teaching Sociology 45(3):252-259.
McKinney, Jennifer and Karen Snedker. 2016. “From Charity to Change.” Contexts. Spring: 80-82.
Snedker, Karen A. and Jerald R. Herting. 2016. “Adolescent Mental Health: Neighborhood Stress Effects on Emotional Distress.” Youth & Society 48(5):695-715. Pre-published December 4, 2013, DOI: 10.11777/0044118X13512335.
Snedker, Karen A. 2016. “Unburdening Stigma: Identity Repair through Rituals in the Mental Health Court.” Society and Mental Health 6(1): 36-55. Prepublished. August 5, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/2156869315598203.
Bailey, Amy K. and Karen A. Snedker. 2011. “Practicing What They Preach? Lynching and Religion in the American South 1890 - 1929.” American Journal of Sociology 117(3): 844-887.
Snedker, Karen A., Lindsey Beach and Katie Corcoran. Forthcoming. "Beyond the 'Revolving Door'? Incentives and Criminal Recidivism in One Mental Health Court." Criminal Justice and Behavior.
Therapeutic Justice: Crime, Treatment Courts and Mental Illness, Palgrave, (under contract)
Please see Karen Snedker's CV (PDF) for additional information.