Published on February 24, 2020 by Sean Flynt  

Two new books include the work of Samford University Visiting Assistant Professor of Print Journalism Idrissa N. Snider. Snider's chapter on “Michelle Obama: Self-Defined, Between a Rock & a New Place” will be included in the forthcoming book Womanist Ethical Rhetoric: A Call for Liberation and Social Justice in Turbulent Times. A new book by Samford education professor Clara Gerhardt– Families in Motion: Dynamics in Diverse Contexts– includes Snider’s essay, “The pearl Necklace: A Story of Resilience and Empowerment”.

Snider joined Samford’s faculty in 2019, bringing with her a scholarly interest in rhetorical criticism and womanist studies. Her primary focus in research deals with examining black women’s resistance towards controlling images. She is especially attentive to studying modes of empowerment through acts of self-defining.  

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.