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Michael Snyder, MALD
Analyst, Research Associate
Expertise: Global health policy; global health and international relations; international surveillance and response to disease outbreaks

Professional Profile

Mr. Snyder is an Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Visiting Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Health Security. His primary research interests include global health governance, international health cooperation for biosecurity threats, and responses to infectious disease emergencies and humanitarian crises. 

Mr. Snyder’s background is in international politics. Previously, he was a policy analyst for health and humanitarian affairs at the International Peace Institute and a research assistant at the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations at the International Peace Institute. Prior to joining IPI, Mr. Snyder interned at the United Nations in the Department of Political Affairs. He recently co-authored a report evaluating the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in partnership with the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General. 

Mr. Snyder has written on a wide range of topics in international affairs, including the use of geospatial technology by UN peacekeepers, democracy assistance by international organizations, and election violence prevention. He taught English as a foreign language with AMIDEAST in Tunisia, and he has held various research and publications roles at World Learning, Freedom House, and the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. 

Mr. Snyder earned a master of arts in law and diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he concentrated in international organizations and international security studies. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Tufts University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Tufts Observer and won an award for an outstanding senior thesis. He is conversational in French and Arabic.

Recent Publications


International Peace Institute, February 15, 2017


Book chapter in The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations, November 2016


International Peace Institute, February 5, 2016


International Peace Institute, October 23, 2015


International Peacekeeping, October 20, 2015, Vol. 22 , Iss. 5, 565-586