Catherine E. Snow

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Catherine Elizabeth Snow (born December 14, 1945) is an educational psychologist and applied linguist. In 2009 Snow was appointed to the Patricia Albjerg Graham Professorship in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, having previously held the Henry Lee Shattuck Professorship also in the Harvard Graduate School of Education.[1][2] Snow is past president of the American Educational Research Association (2000-2001).[3] She chaired the RAND Corporation 'reading study group' from 1999.[4]

Snow has contributed significantly to theories of bilingualism and language acquisition through parent-child interaction.[5] With Brian MacWhinney, Snow founded the Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES) database, a corpus of children's speech used by numerous language acquisition researchers.[5] More recently, Snow's research has focused on early childhood literacy, investigating linguistic and social factors that contribute to or detract from literacy.[citation needed] With Anat Ninio, Snow published extensively on pragmatic development.[citation needed]

She is also on the advisory board of FFIPP-USA (Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace-USA), a network of Palestinian, Israeli, and International faculty, and students, working in for an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and just peace.[6]


  1. ^ "Harvard bio page". Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Named chair appointment". 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  3. ^ "AERA past presidents list". AERA. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  4. ^ Snow, Elizabeth (2002). Reading for Understanding Toward an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension. RAND Corporation.
  5. ^ a b Burns, M. Susan; Arieh Sherris (2013). "Snow, Catherine". The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. doi:10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1075.
  6. ^ "FFIPP-USA". Archived from the original on 8 June 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2014.

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Educational offices
Preceded by
Lorrie A. Shepard
President of the

American Educational Research Association

Succeeded by
Andrew C. Porter