Matthew Shannon

Assistant Professor History

Matthew Shannon is a historian of America’s global interactions during the twentieth century, particularly with Iran. In addition to teaching in the History Department, he is the director of Connections, the capstone course in the Core curriculum that focuses on global citizenship. 


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


Professor Shannon teaches U.S. and global / regional histories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Courses include: America and the World, Iran and the “West,” modern global, World Wars, Cold War, US II, the 1960s, Race in the US, modern Middle East


His first book, Losing Hearts and Minds: American-Iranian Relations and International Education during the Cold War, was published by Cornell University Press in 2017.

He is the co-editor (with Mark Finney) of 9/11 and the Academy: The Liberal Arts and the Twenty-First Century World, forthcoming in 2019 with Palgrave Macmillan. Dr. Shannon’s original research has also been published in Iranian Studies, Diplomatic History, International History Review, and The Sixties, and he has written widely elsewhere about the historiography of U.S.-Iran relations. 

His second research monograph remains focused on the transnational and cultural ties between the United States in Iran, namely the mid-century missionary presence and its impact on the broader American “mission” in Iran at the height of the developmentalist moment from the 1940s to the 1960s.


Cornell UP, 2017.

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