Dr. Snyder joined the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor in 2013, where her research focuses on migration, refugees, asylum seekers and faith-based organizations (FBOs). She is particularly interested in the role played by FBOs in addressing social inequality, as well as the ways in which religion and spirituality are drawn upon by immigrants and refugees as they seek to navigate new experiences and challenges. She works at the intersection of social sciences, theology and ethics to explore these and other pressing social, economic and political issues. One of her current research projects investigates the work being undertaken by FBOs to support immigration detainees. She is also fascinated by the links between social justice, spirituality and the arts. Dr. Snyder teaches the master’s level Foundations of Social Justice course and in the area of spirituality and social work.
In addition to writing for peer-reviewed journals including Studies in Christian Ethics and Journal of Refugee Studies, Dr. Snyder has also written for blogs and newspapers. Her first book, Asylum-Seeking, Migration and Church, was published by Ashgate in October 2012. She is co-editor of the new Palgrave book series on Religion and Global Migrations, Co-Chair of the Religion and Migration Group at the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the Society of Christian Ethics.
Dr. Snyder has experience working in a range of community settings, including as curate of two diverse, multi-ethnic Anglican churches in London from 2005-2008. She has volunteered with organizations supporting people seeking asylum in the UK and migrants in the US, and has also spent time teaching and observing in Swaziland, Mozambique, and the Philippines.
Born and educated in the UK, Dr. Snyder received an MA from Cambridge University, a BA from the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, and a PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2009. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Initiative of Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, in 2009-2010, and was Assistant Professor at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA from 2010-2013.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Refugees, asylum seekers, migration, immigrant integration and established community responses, spirituality and social work, religion, faith-based organizations.
- Ph.D., University of Birmingham,
- BA, Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham
- MA, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
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