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Melissa Snarr

Melissa Snarr is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Her 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). Professor 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.