Matthew Shannon

Associate Professor History

Dr. Matthew Shannon is a historian of the United States and the world, and his research focuses on American-Iranian relations. In addition to teaching in the History Department, he is the director of CORE 300/Connections, the global citizenship program in the E&H Core Curriculum.


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


Professor Shannon teaches U.S. and world history courses: US II, America and the World, modern global, World Wars, Cold War, the 1960s, modern Middle East, Iran and the “West.”


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. It examines the multiple consequences of Iranian student migration to the United States during the reign of the last Pahlavi shah. 

He is the editor of two books. American-Iranian Dialogues: From Constitution to White Revolution, c. 1890s-1960s will be published as part of Bloomsbury’s New Approaches to International History series in 2021. He co-edited (with Mark Finney) 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st Century World, published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan. 

Dr. Shannon’s original research articles have 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 relationsHe is currently writing a second monograph on the missionary presence and its impact on the broader American “mission” in Iran from the 1940s to the 1960s.


Cornell UP, 2017.

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