AreaEthics and Society
B.A. (Furman 1992)
M.Div., Ph.D. (Emory 1995, 2004)
C. Melissa Snarr
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Ethics and Society
Prof. Snarr’s scholarly research focuses on the intersection of religion, social change, and political ethics. As a Christian social ethicist, she draws on a variety of methodologies, with special concentration in sociological and political theory as well as comparative religious ethics (focusing on Islamic political thought). She teaches courses ranging from "Modern Christian Political Thought" and "Religion and Social Movements" to "Religion and War in an Age of Terror" (comparative Muslim/Christian).
Dr. Snarr is particularly interested in bridging the discourse worlds of religious activists and academic ethicists to deepen the understanding of religious traditions and practices. Her most recent book, All You That Labor: Religion and Ethics in the Living Wage Movement (NYU 2011), draws on extensive participant observation to analyze and evaluate the contributions of religious activists in the living wage movement. Interweaving sociological observations with ethical assessment, she examines how religious activists contribute to the economic-political agency of low-wage workers and their allies. She also offers further resources for the ongoing development of worker justice movements. Her current research projects analyze Protestant resources for/against unionization and interfaith organizing as a peace-building practice. Dr. Snarr is also the author of Social Selves and Political Reforms (Continuum, 2007) as well as several articles in the area of feminist ethics.
Dr. Snarr is an active member of Glendale Baptist Church (affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) where she serves as chair of the ordination committee.