Dr Susanna Snyder


I am Lecturer in Ethics and Theology, and Director of the Part-Time Pathway at Ripon College Cuddesdon. I hold degrees from the University of Cambridge (MA) and the University of Birmingham (BATS, PhD), and have previously taught at Emory University, Episcopal Divinity School and the University of Texas at Austin. Before arriving at Cuddesdon in 2018, I was Assistant Director of Catherine of Siena College at the University of Roehampton. I am currently an Associate of the Centre for Theology and Modern European Thoughtat the University of Oxford.

My research focuses on Christian social and political engagement, and particularly on theological, ethical and practical responses to migration. In addition to articles in journals and books, my publications include a monograph—Asylum-Seeking, Migration and Church(Ashgate, 2012)—and two co-edited volumes—Church in an Age of Global Migration: A Moving Body(Palgrave, 2015) and Intersections of Religion and Migration: Issues at the Global Crossroads(Palgrave, 2016). I am currently exploring contours and practices of hope in the face of global ethical challenges.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, and British and Irish Association for Practical Theology.

Research Area/s

Christian and Religious Ethics

Research Interests

Asylum, refugees and immigration; Christian social ethics; political theology; ethnography and ethics; arts, mysticism and social justice; practical theology




Select Publications

Snyder, S. 2012. Asylum-Seeking, Migration and Church. Farnham: Ashgate.

Saunders, J., Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E., and Snyder, S. (eds). 2016. Intersections of Religion and Migration: Issues at the Global Crossroads. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Snyder, S., Brazal, A., and Ralston, J. (eds). 2015. Church in an Age of Global Migration: A Moving Body. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles and Essays

Snyder, S. 2017. “la mano zurda with a heart in its palm”: immigration detention, suffering, and mystical hope’, in Post-Traumatic Public Theology, edited by S. Arel and S. Rambo.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Saunders, J., Snyder, S. and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. 2016. ‘Introduction: Articulating Intersections at the Global Crossroads of Religion and Migration’ in Intersections of Religion and Migration: Issues at the Global Crossroads. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cook-Heffron, L., Snyder, S., Wachter, K., Nsonwu, M, and Busch-Armendariz, N. 2016. ‘‘Something is missing here’: Weaving feminist theories into social work practice with refugees’, in Contemporary Feminisms in Social Work Practice, edited by S. Wendt and N. Moulding. New York: Rutledge.

Snyder, S. 2016. ‘Faces of Migration: US Christianity in the Twenty-First Century’, in Christianities in Migration: The Global Perspective, edited by E. Padilla and P. Phan, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Snyder, S. 2015. ‘Looking Through the Bars: Immigration Detention and the Ethics of Mysticism’, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 35(1), 167-187.

Snyder, S., Bell, H., and Busch-Armendariz, N. 2015. ‘Immigration Detention and Faith-Based Organizations’, Social Work, doi: 10.1093/sw/swv004.

Snyder, S. 2015. ‘Introduction: A Moving Body’, in Church in an Age of Global Migration: A Moving Body, edited by S. Snyder, J. Ralston, and A. Brazal. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Snyder, S. 2015. ‘Moving the Anglican Communion: Ethics and Ecclesiology in an Age of Migration’ in The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies, edited by M. Chapman, S. Clarke and M. Percy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Marquardt, M., Snyder, S., and Vasquez, M. 2014. ‘Challenging Laws: Faith-Based Engagement with Unauthorized Immigration’, in Constructing Immigrant “Illegality”: Critiques, Experiences, and Responses, edited by C. Menjívar and D. Kanstroom. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Snyder, S., Kassam, K., Rowlands, A. and Massoumi, N. 2013. ‘Theologies of Migration: Muslim and Christian Perspectives’, in Rescripting Religion in the City: Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis, edited by J Garnett and A Harris. Farnham: Ashgate.

Snyder, S. 2013. ‘Displacing Theology: God-talk in an “Age of Migration”’, in Home and Away: Contextual Theology and Local Practice, edited by S Burns and C Pearson. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.