Catherine Snow
Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education


  • English language learners
  • Language acquisition
  • Reading and literacy

Catherine Snow is the Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education at Harvard. She received her doctorate in psychology from McGill University in 1971, and subsequently worked for several years at the Department of General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam.  Since 1979 she has been on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, teaching and conducting research on topics related to language and literacy development, primarily among children placed at educational risk by poverty and/or language minority status. Snow chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committees on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children and on Assessment of Young Children, as well as the Carnegie Corporation’s Advisory Council on Adolescent Literacy. Most recently she has been working with the Strategic Education Research Partnership to evaluate the effectiveness of discussion-based curricula in promoting middle-grades students’ literacy outcomes.