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David Snead, Ph.D.

Professor | History

(434) 592-3113

DeMoss Hall, Room 4334B



  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., Virginia Tech
  • B.A., Virginia Tech


Dr. Snead is a full professor and has been a member of the Department of History since 2004. He served as the department chair from 2006-2013. He specializes in 20th-century American diplomatic and military history.

He has authored or edited the following books: The Gaither Committee, Eisenhower, and the Cold War (1999), An American Soldier in World War I (2006), In Hostile Skies: An American B-24 Pilot in World War II (2006), John F. Kennedy: The New Frontier President (2010), The Road from Cavite: A Naval Ensign’s Memoir of His Time in the Philippines, October 1941 to May 1942 (2016), and Flying with the Fifteenth (2018). He has several other projects in the works, including writings histories of Dwight Eisenhower’s career from 1945 to 1953 and the Seabees in World War II. He has recently written or is writing articles on the Seabees and Operation Overlord, Fixing the East Room for Kennedy’s Funeral, and Central Virginians in the Holocaust.

Dr. Snead is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Beta Kappa, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Society of Military History. He served as the advisor to Liberty’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta from 2005-2023. Liberty’s chapter won the National Best Chapter Award in 2022 and 2023. He additionally serves on Liberty’s Fulbright and Provost Award for Excellence in Research committees.

Dr. Snead co-led a study abroad to London/Normandy/Paris in 2014, which included being on Omaha Beach on the 70th anniversary of D-Day and a trip to Israel in 2016.

Away from work, his life revolves around his family. He has been happily married to Lori Snead since 1991 and has been blessed with beautiful twin daughters, Reagan Lindsey and Delaney Nicole, born in May 1999, and a son, Darel Connor, born in December 2002. They are truly his pride and joy, and he stays busy helping with their very active schedules.


  • HIUS 380 U.S. Military History
  • HIUS 390 Virginia History
  • HIST 300 Historical Methodology
  • HIST 490 – Topics include World War I, World War II in Europe, and Cold War
  • HIWD 455 World War II
  • Graduate courses:
    • World War I
    • World War II
    • Cold War
    • U.S. Military History
    • Holocaust
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