Jillian Snyder

Jillian Snyder
Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow and
Lecturer in Humanities and English

Linwood House 112


Professor Snyder came to Valparaiso University in 2019 from the University of Notre Dame, where she completed her Ph.D. in English literature. She specializes in Shakespeare and literature of the English Renaissance.

Her book project, Sincere Performances: The Affective Scripts of the Pulpit and Stage in Post-Reformation England, examines how preachers and players grappled with the lived bodily experience of Protestant reform. The project explores the homiletic and theatrical performance of five bodily reactions—weeping, blushing, sighing, trembling, and laughing. Prof. Snyder’s other research interests include Shakespearean adaptation and reception, particularly in twenty and twenty-first century American religious culture. Her research has been funded by Notre Dame’s Presidential Fellowship, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC).

At Valparaiso University, Professor Snyder has taught in the Christ College first-year program, as well as having taught Business and Professional Writing and a course on adaptations of Shakespeare’s Othello. In spring 2021, she will teach a course on the Literature of Attention and Contemplation.