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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology John Snyder

Assistant Professor Career track, Alpha Phi Sigma/Criminal Justice Club Advisor, and Global Director
Wilson-Short, 116, WSU Pullman
Curriculum Vitae





J.D., Menard School of Law, University of Idaho, 1988.
B.A., University of Wyoming, 1983.


Professor Snyder first came to WSU as an adjunct in the midst of his 30-year law practice. During that career, he defended nearly every type of criminal case, from simple possession to First Degree Murder. As an instructor, he takes the events that lead to those cases and flips them to drive student analysis – what is important is not necessarily reaching the “correct” answer, but rather engaging and developing the critical thinking required to reach those conclusions. Professor Snyder particularly enjoys teaching the courses covering the intersection of police work and the courts, particularly substantive Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and the Courts in America.

Courses Taught

Criminal Law, Criminal Courts in America, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence.

Recent Publications


Lundin, S. In C. M. Sanders & J. S. Snyder (Eds.), The Closest Governments to the People, A Complete Reference Guide to Local Government in Washington State (2d – electronic ed.). Board of Regents of Washington State University.

Refereed Journal Articles

Lu, R., Willits, D., Stohr, M. K., Makin, D. A., Snyder, J. S., Lovrich, N. P., Meize, M., Stanton, D., Wu, G., Hemmens, C. (2019). The Cannabis Effect on Crime: Time-Series Analysis of Crime in Colorado and Washington State. Justice Quarterly : JQ / Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, online(1745-9109 (Online)), 31.