Matthew K. Shannon

Associate Professor History

Matthew Shannon is a historian of the United States and the world. He focuses on U.S.-Iran relations, with research interests in the history of diplomacy, education and student movements, development and human rights, and religion in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Dr. Shannon teaches in the History Department and directs CORE 300, the international seminar in the E&H Core Curriculum. During the 2021-22 year, he is a Research Fellow with the Baskerville Institute. E&H students interested in archives and oral history can inquire about research opportunities and internships. 


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


HIST 112 US II, HIST 123 America and the World, HIST 164 Modern Middle East, HIST 205 Methods

HIST 305 Global History, HIST 364 World Wars, HIST/INST 336 International Cold War

HIST/CORE 260 The 1960s, HIST/CORE 379 Iran and the West


Shannon is the author of Losing Hearts and Minds: American-Iranian Relations and International Education during the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2017). He is the editor of American-Iranian Dialogues: From Constitution to White Revolution, c. 1890s-1960s (Bloomsbury, New Approaches to International History, 2021) and 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st Century World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). 

Shannon is currently completing a monograph titled Mission Manifest: American Evangelicals and Iran during the Twentieth Century, which will be published with Cornell’s United States in the World series.

Original research articles are in Diplomatic History, Passport, International History Review, Iranian Studies, The Sixties, and The Journal of Civil and Human Rights. He has written widely about the historiography of U.S.-Iran relations, including in Wiley-Blackwell’s A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations (2020) and Brill’s Christian-Muslim Relations (2022).

  • Matthew Shannon

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Emory, VA 24327