Matthew Shannon joined the Department of History at Emory & Henry College in 2013. His teaching revolves around a broad set of questions situated within a large geographic space, but deals primarily with the history of America and the World during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He teaches a survey of America’s global relationships from the colonial era to the present (HIST 123), modern global history (HIST 305), and upper-level courses on the World Wars and the Cold War (HIST 336). He offers courses that deal with various facets of the American experience, including modern U.S. (HIST 112), Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 307), race in America (HIST 335), and the 1960s. Students also have the opportunity to study the Modern Middle East (HIST 164) and participate in an interdisciplinary senior seminar on Iran and the West (ETLA 419).

Dr. Shannon welcomes undergraduate students from all majors in his classes and enjoys supervising honors theses. He is the director of Connections, the capstone course in the Core curriculum that focuses on global citizenship. He also serves as the co-director of the Emory & Henry chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honors society for the social sciences.   

His first book, Losing Hearts and Minds? American-Iranian Relations and International Education during the Cold War, is under contract with Cornell University Press and is forthcoming in 2017. His original research has also been published in journals such as Diplomatic History, International History Review, and The Sixties. He is actively involved in the field, especially with the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). Professor Shannon is currently researching and writing a second book that explores the ways in which American understandings of Iran changed during the decades surrounding the Iranian Revolution.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Temple University
  • B.A. and M.A. University of North Carolina Wilmington