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), the making of the contemporary world (HIST 305), and in-depth studies of the World Wars and the Cold War (HIST 336). He offers courses that deal with various facets of the American experience, including the modern United States (HIST 112), the Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 307), the history of race in America (HIST 335), and a course on the 1960s. Students also have the opportunity to take the Modern Middle East (HIST 164), along with a senior seminar on Iran and the “West.”

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.   

He is currently revising for publication his manuscript, titled Losing Hearts and Minds: American-Iranian Relations and International Education during the Cold War. His original research has been published in The Sixties, International History Review, and Diplomatic History. Professor Shannon is in the early stages of a second book-length project 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