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David Snead

Professor of History

DeMoss Hall, Room 4334B
(434) 592-3113


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


  • HIUS 390 Virginia History
  • HIUS 470 American Foreign Relations
  • HIST 300 Historical Methodology
  • HIST 490 World War I
  • HIWD 455 World War II
  • Graduate courses:
  • Readings in American History
  • World War II
  • Cold War
  • U.S. Military History


Dr. Snead is a full professor and has been a member of the Department of History since 2004. He serviced 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), and The Road from Cavite: A Naval Ensign’s Memoir of His Time in the Philippines, October 1941 to May 1942 (2016). The Road from Cavite is a memoir by a U.S. naval ensign who served in the Philippines from October 1941 to May 1942, at the time of Japan’s invasion and conquest. 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 will also be editing a memoir of a World War II bomber pilot who flew missions with the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force out of Italy.

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 advises the Liberty University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta that has won several national awards.

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. He will be leading 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 marching band, orchestra, football, and wrestling activities.

Dr. Snead is an active member of Forest Baptist Church in Forest, Va. He assists his wife with teaching a 3-year-old Sunday School class and directing the church’s Operation Christmas Child activities.

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