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Dr. K. Alan Snyder

Professor of History kasnyder@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Radio, TV and Film Production, Purdue University
MA in History, Old Dominion University
PhD in History, The American University

Biography

Dr. K. Alan Snyder brings to Southeastern a wealth of experience in and passion for Christian education. After a brief stint as a broadcaster for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Dr. Snyder entered the field of education, serving four years as headmaster of a Christian school. After earning his advanced degrees, he was given a full-time teaching position at Indiana Wesleyan University, but then was asked to join the faculty of the School of Government at Regent University, a master’s-level program, where he taught for seven years, including one year as academic dean of the School of Government. His greatest joy was in the relationships he developed with these graduate students as he helped prepare them to be God’s representatives in the realm of government and public policy.

In 2001, Patrick Henry College offered Dr. Snyder a position, the college’s mainly home-schooled population being a unique draw for Dr. Snyder, who is committed to the biblical mandate that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. After five years there, he came to Southeastern to help further develop the growing history program.

Dr. Snyder is the author of five books, his latest being America Discovers C. S. Lewis: His Profound Impact, published in 2016. This book traces the contacts Lewis made with Americans during his lifetime and the influence he has had on Americans ever since.

One year earlier, The Witness and the President: Whittaker Chambers, Ronald Reagan, and the Future of Freedom was published, which was a study of two conservative icons who had differing views on the future of freedom in the West. Dr. Snyder contrasted the optimism of Reagan with the pessimism of Chambers.

Earlier books were If the Foundations Are Destroyed: Biblical Principles and Civil Government, a primer for Christians who need to understand the principles behind civil government; Defining Noah Webster: A Spiritual Biography, which details the life and biblical perspective of the man who has been called the Schoolmaster to America; and Mission: Impeachable-The House Managers and the Historic Impeachment of President Clinton, a Main Selection for the Conservative Book Club in June 2001.

Dr. Snyder teaches the following courses at Southeastern: American History I & II, American Colonial History, The American Revolution, The American Republic, 1789-1848; The Civil War Era, Historiography, Ronald Reagan & Modern American Conservatism, The Witness of Whittaker Chambers, and C. S. Lewis: Life and Influence. In addition, he oversees the senior History Research Seminar.

Dr. Snyder’s research interests are the impact of Christian faith on government and society, American intellectual history, and modern American political conservatism.

Brief Highlights

  • Published If the Foundations are Destroyed: Biblical Principles and Civil Government in 2004 through Principle Press.
  • Published Defining Noah Webster: A Spiritual Biography in 2002 through Allegiance Press.
  • Published Mission: Impeachable-The House Managers and the Historic Impeachment of President Clinton in 2001 through Allegiance Press.
  • Published The Witness and the President: Whittaker Chambers, Ronald Reagan, and the Future of Freedom in 2015 through Freedom Press International.
  • Published America Discovers C. S. Lewis: His Profound Impact in 2016 through Wipf & Stock Publishers.