Department of Humanities

Visiting address
105a Howard, Digby Stuart


I am Assistant Director, Catherine of Siena College, and Tutor in Theology at the University of Roehampton. I am also a Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent's Park College, Oxford, and an Associate Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford. Between 2010 and 2014, I was on the faculties of Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts and the University of Texas at Austin, and I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University from 2009-2010.

My research focuses on migration, refugees, Christian ethics, and faith-based organizations, and my first book - Asylum Seeking, Migration and Church - was published by Ashgate in 2012. I have written articles for a variety of peer-reviewed journals and multi-authored volumes, and am co-editor of a collection exploring ecclesiology and migration, Church in an Age of Global Migration: A Moving Body (Palgrave, 2015), and another exploring religion and migration, Intersections of Religion and Migration: Issues at the Global Crossroads (Palgrave, 2016). My current research explores the links between immigration activism, spirituality and the arts.

I am a founding co-editor of the Palgrave book series, Religion and Global Migrations, and between 2010-2013, I was Co-Chair of the Religion and Migration Group at the American Academy of Religion.


MA (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)

BATS (Queen's Foundation, Birmingham)

PhD (University of Birmingham)

Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary, crossing boundaries between Christian social ethics, migration studies, spirituality and political theory. Areas of focus include immigration, and particularly immigration detention and asylum-seeking; the links between social activism, mysticism and aesthetics; public and political theology; faith-based organizations; postcolonial, liberation and feminist theologies; and ethnographic and qualitative methods in theology.

Research projects

Immigration, Spirituality, and the Arts. Snyder, S. Supported by Southlands Methodist Trust, £2,459, 2016-2018.

Faith Detained: Exploring the Faith and Faith-Based Support of Immigration Detainees. Snyder, S., and Busch-Armendariz, N. Supported by Special Research Grant, University of Texas at Austin, $750, 2013-2014.

Assessing the Needs of Refugee Women. Cook Heffron, L., Wachter, K., Busch-Armendariz, N., Nsonwu, M., and Snyder, S. Supported by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, $15,000, 2013-2014.

Ecologies of Encounter: a practical theological exploration of church engagement with people seeking asylum in the UK (PhD Thesis). Snyder, S. Supported by the Josephine Butler Memorial Trust, 2004-2009.

Professional affiliations

American Academy of Religion

Society for the Study of Theology

Society for the Study of Christian Ethics

British and Irish Association of Practical Theology

Consultancy work

Regular invitations to speak to church groups on migration, refugees, asylum-seeking and theology.


I have taught a range of courses in Christian theology and ethics, including Globalization; Immigration Matters; Social Justice, Mysticism and Aesthetics; Introduction to Christian Ethics; Social Ministry: Theologies and Spiritualities; Hospitality: A Way of Life; and Introduction to Pastoral Care. I have also taught Research Methods, focusing on the employment of ethnographic methods in practical theology, and facilitated theological reflection groups. At the University of Texas at Austin, I taught Foundations of Social Justice and Spirituality and Social Work.


Research outputs

  1. “la mano zurda with a heart in its palm”: immigration detention, suffering, and mystical hope

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Faces of Migration: US Christianity in the Twenty-First Century

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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