Dr. David Snyder

Delaware Valley University Professor Dr. David Snyder

Dr. David Snyder specializes in the intersection of technology and national security policy, especially the role of energy in national security. Having grown up overseas as a military dependent, he is also interested in the study of imperialism, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Along with Dr. Tanya Casas, he helped create the University’s graduate program in public policy.


  • Liberal Arts


  • Public Policy (MPP)



  • Ph.D., History of U.S. Foreign Relations, Texas A&M University
  • M.A., U.S. History, The American University
  • B.A., History, Virginia Tech



“Petroleum and Power: Naval Fuel Technology and the Anglo-American Struggle for Core Hegemony, 1889-1922.” Examines the development and implementation of oil fuel technology in the American and British fleets before the First World War and the resulting shifts in these states’ respective naval policies stemming from the emergence of oil as a vital strategic resource during the war. Currently working on revising it into a monograph.


  • Snyder, David A. “Built By Oil: The Oil Industry and Its Effect on the Environmental History of Houston.” Symposium on the Environmental History of Houston, University of Houston, Houston, TX, March 14-15, 2003
  • Snyder, David A. “Managing Resources for Victory and Beyond: The Inter-Allied Petroleum Conference and Oil Supplies in the Great War.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 22 June 1997
  • Snyder, David A. “Securing Oil Supplies: Britain and America Find Fuel for Their Fleets.” Southwest Social Sciences Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 28 March 1997
  • Snyder, David A. “‘Liquid Fuel for Naval Purposes:’ Naval Fuel Experimentation in the British and American Navies, 1890 1914.” United States Naval Academy Twelfth Naval History Symposium, Annapolis, MD, 27 October 1995
  • Snyder, David A. “American Coaling-at-Sea Experiments, 1898 1914: A Case Study in Failure.” The Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Charlottesville, VA, 21 October 1995
  • Snyder, David A. “Coaling the Fleet: Naval Fueling Technology and Competition Within the Core Before World War One.” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 13 October 1994
  • Snyder, David A. “Black Diamonds and Black Gold: Liquid Fuel Experiments in the U.S. Navy, 1890-1910.” Northern Great Plains History Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 1 October 1994
  • Snyder, David A. “Images of American Naval Technology, 1889 1899.” Southwest Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting, Waco, TX, 4 February 1994


  • Snyder, David A. “History Lessons for Conservatives,” commentary piece, The Roanoke Times, March 19, 2004
  • Snyder, David A. and Coopersmith, Jonathan. “The World After The War: The Great Father of Invention,” The World & I, June 1995