Christopher A. Snyder became the first dean of the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University in 2011. He is Professor of European History at MSU and is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of English. His MA and PhD in Medieval History are from Emory University, and in addition to Emory he has taught at the College of William and Mary and at Marymount University, where he served for nine years as Chair of the Department of History and Politics and five years as Director of the Honors Program. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, where he majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Dr. Snyder has authored eight books and numerous articles in the fields of archaeology, history, and medieval studies. His latest book, The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien (Sterling Publishing, 2013), followed seven years of research at the University of Oxford, where he has lectured and taught American honors students. Dr. Snyder has also lectured frequently at the Smithsonian Institution and has appeared on the History Channel, The Learning Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and BBC television and radio. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals and internet projects in medieval and Arthurian studies.