Professor Snell was named the L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor in 2001 and is an Assyriologist, Ancient Economic Historian, and Biblical Scholar who writes both technical articles and accessible works like his History Book Club selection, Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.and his edited volume, A Companion to the Ancient Near East. The Ancient Near East: The Basics appears in 2014. His work has received support from a number of fellowship granting agencies, including the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Oregon Humanities Center, and two international foundations, the Humanities Research Centre at Canberra and the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities at Edinburgh. Professor Snell teaches courses on the History of Ancient Israel, the Ancient Near East, Slavery in World History, the Modern Middle East, and the Historical Novel. Snell received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1975.