As a writer and scholar, Dr. Idrissa N. Snider is committed to educating and inspiring others to excellence. Her scholarly interests lie in the areas of Rhetorical Criticism and Womanist Studies. Snider’s 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. Dr. Snider formerly taught classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lawson State Community College, Wallace State Community College and is currently an Assistant Professor at Samford University in the Department of Communication.
Snider earned a doctoral degree at Wayne State University (2019), located in Detroit, MI and she also holds a Master's of Arts & Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Communications Management (2014). She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia State University (GSU) in Film and Journalism (2004).
Before attending GSU, Snider started her collegiate training at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa during her freshman and sophomore years. Nevertheless, her love and enthusiasm for culture and mass media began long before her academic career. During high school, Idrissa attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and majored in Visual Artistry. She credits her early educational experience there for igniting a passion within her to dream big and to think outside of the box, and Idrissa presently serves as ASFA’s Alumni Board Communications Officer.
Before starting a career in academia, Snider formerly worked a variety of writing, public relations, and television production jobs. She was able to successfully showcase her talents with companies like NBC and Animal Planet while working in two top-ten media outlets and other smaller markets throughout the country. Snider is a writer at heart and frequently manuscripts an opinion column for The Birmingham Times.
In her spare time, Snider paints and writes poetry. She also loves fashion and interior design. Most importantly, Idrissa is a dedicated wife and mother of two and is determined to make a difference in her community.