Michael Snyder's research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary American and Native American literature and culture. His essays, which explore masculinity, sexuality, and indigeneity, among other subjects, have appeared in journals such as Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction and SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures and book collections such as Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts. Snyder received a BA in English from Haverford College, an MA from the University of Colorado, and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma. He is proposing a book on the undervalued American author James Purdy to university presses and is working on book projects on Osage author John Joseph Mathews and James Leo Herlihy, who wrote the novel Midnight Cowboy. Snyder lives in Norman, Oklahoma and is currently a Professor of English and Humanities at Oklahoma City Community College.