Dan Snell is professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical history, historical methods, and the history of slavery. From 2000-2004 he has been the L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor of History.
Snell is the author of seven books and several articles on ancient economic and social history, and he has won fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the Australian Humanities Research Centre in Canberra, and the Oregon Humanities Center in Eugene. He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Also he held a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the Syrian Arab Republic, where he was a frequent participant in archaeological digs. Autumn quarter, 2000, he was the Visiting Humanities Scholar at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.
Snell graduated from Stanford University and took his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages at Yale. Before coming to Oklahoma in 1983 he taught at the Universities of Washington and Michigan, and Connecticut, Barnard, and Gustavus Adolphus Colleges.
Snell, 56, is married to Dr. Katherine Barwick-Snell, visiting assistant professor of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma. They have a son, James, age fourteen, and a daughter, Abigail, age twelve. He and his wife have been volunteers with the Center for Children and Families of Norman for eighteen years. In February, 1997, he was elected without opposition to the five-member board of the Norman Public Schools. In February, 2002, he was reelected without opposition. In 1999 he was appointed to the board of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, to which he has been reelected twice.
His avocations include bicycling on recumbent bicycles and brisk games of squash.