Dr. Nathan Snaza
Director, Bridge to Success Program
Interim Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Animating Literacies. Duke University Press (under contract).

Pedagogical Matters: New Materialisms and Curriculum Studies, Ed. with Debbie Sonu, Sarah Truman, and Zofia Zaliwska. Peter Lang Publishing (2016).

Posthumanism and Educational Research, Ed. with John Weaver. Routledge International Perspectives in the Philosophy of Education (2014).


“‘It’s Called a Hustle, Sweetheart’: #BlackLivesMatter, the Police State, and the Politics of Colonizing Anger in Zootopia,” with Jennifer Sandlin. Journal of Popular Culture (forthcoming).

“Aleatory Entanglements: (Post)humanism, Hospitality, and Attunement – A Response to Hugo Letiche.” Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 14.3 (2017).

“Animal Unconscious:Three Questions.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 19.1 (2018).

“Posthuman(ist) Education and the Banality of Violence.” Parallax 85. (2017).

“Is John Dewey’s Thought ‘Humanist’?” Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 32.2 (2017).

“Saint Bakhtin, Porous Theorizing, and Proceeding Nonetheless,” with Timothy Lensmire Dialogic Pedagogy. 5 (2017).

“Community at the Extremes: The Death Metal Underground as Being-in-Common,” with Jason Netherton. Metal Music Studies 2.3 (2016).

“School Sucks.” Perspectives Essay. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 13.1 (2016)

“Leaving the Self Behind.” Helvete Black Metal Theory Journal 3: Bleeding Black Noise (2016)

“Against Methodocentrism in Educational Research” with John Weaver. Educational Philosophy and Theory (2016).

“The Fragility of Ecological Pedagogy: Elementary Social Studies Standards and Possibilities of New Materialism,” with Debbie Sonu. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 12.3 (2015).

“Departments of Language.” Symploké 23.1-2 (2015)

"The Failure of Humanizing Education in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 26.3 (2015).

"The Place of Animals In Politics: The Difficulty of Derrida’s 'Political' Legacy." Cultural Critique 90. (2015).

“Class Time: Spivak’s ‘Teacherly Turn.’” Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices 9.1 (2015)

"'The Reign of Man is Over': The Vampire, The Animal, and the Human in Maupassant's 'Le Horla.'" Symploké 22.1-2. (2014).

"The Death of Curriculum Studies and Its Ghosts." Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 11.2 (2014).

“Toward a Posthumanist Education” with Peter Appelbaum, Siân Bayne, Dennis Carlson, Marla Morris, Nikki Rotas, Jennifer Sandlin, Jason Wallin, and John Weaver. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (2014)

“The Human Animal Nach Nietzsche: Re-Reading Zarathustra’s Cross-Species Community.” Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. 18.4 (2013)

“Bewildering Education.” Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 10.1 (2013)

“Reductionism Redux: The Continuity Between Humans and Other Animals.” Perspectives Essay. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 10.1. (2013)

“What Teacher Education Can Learn from Blackface Minstrelsy,” with Timothy Lensmire. Educational Researcher, Vol 39, No. 5, (2010) 413-422.

“Abandon Voice? Writing Pedagogy, the Body, and Late Capitalism,” with Timothy Lensmire. InterActions, Vol 2, No. 2, article 3 (2006).

"(Im)Possible Witness: Viewing 'Holocaust on Your Plate,’" Journal for Critical Animal Studies Vol 2, No. 1(2004).

"Reflections Toward Visibility." Bad Subjects special war edition number 63 (2003).


“The Earth is Not ‘Ours’ to Save: Bewildering Education and (In)human Agency.” In jan jagodzinski, Ed.,< Interrogating the Anthropocene: Ecology, Pedagogy, and The Future in Question (Palgrave, forthcoming).

“Critical Pedagogy Beyond the Human.” In Shirley Steinberg, Barry Down, Sandy Grande, and Dara Nix-Stevenson, Eds., The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies (SAGE, forthcoming).

“Dangerous Play: Race and Bakhtin in a Graduate Classroom,” with Timothy Lensmire, Rebecca Nathan, Susan Brooks, and Chiara Bacigalupa. In Frances Condon and Vershawn Young, Eds., Performing Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication (University Press of Colorado/WAC Clearinghouse, 2016), 211-226.

“#BlackLivesMatter: Racialization, the Human, and Critical Public Pedagogies of Race,” with Jennifer Sandlin. In Alexander Means, Derek Ford, and Graham Slater, Eds. Educational Commons in Theory and Practice: Global Pedagogy and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

“Bodies, Borders, and the Politics of Attention,” with Debbie Sonu. In Nathan Snaza, Debbie Sonu, Sarah E. Truman, and Zofia Zaliwska, Eds. Pedagogical Matters: New Materialisms and Curriculum Studies (Peter Lang, 2016).

“Toward a Genealogy of Educational Humanism.” In Nathan Snaza and John Weaver, Eds. Posthumanism and Educational Research (Routledge, 2014),  17-29.

“Posthuman(ist) Youth: Control, Play, and Possibilities,” with John Weaver. In Awad Ibrahim and Shirley Steinberg, Eds. Critical Youth Studies Reader (Peter Lang, 2014), 349-359.

“Thirteen Theses on the Question of State in Curriculum Studies.” In Erik Malewski, Ed. Curriculum Studies Handbook- The Next Moment (Routledge, 2009), 43-56.


“Preemptive Logic and the Necessity of Animal Politics.” Symploke 24:1-2 (2016). A Review of two books by Brian Massumi: Ontopower (2015) and What Animals Teach Us About Politics (2014)

Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2011
Comparative Literature, Education: Curriculum and Instruction
M.Ed., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2003
Secondary English and Language Arts Education
B.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2001
English Literature, and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Summa cum laude
Contact Information
(804) 289-8300
Areas of Expertise
Modern Narrative, primarily British and American
Literary Theory and Continental Philosophy
Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, Critical Pedagogy, Literacy Studies
Sexuality and Gender Studies