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 academic year, he is a Research Fellow with the Baskerville Institute. E&H students interested in archives and oral history should inquire about possible 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 Methodology, HIST 260 The Sixties, HIST 305 Global History, HIST 336 Cold War, HIST 364 World Wars, HIST/CORE 379 Iran and the West


Dr. Shannon’s 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 editor of two books: American-Iranian Dialogues: From Constitution to White Revolution, c. 1890s-1960s (Bloomsbury, New Approaches to International History, forthcoming 2021), and 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st Century World (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). 

Original research articles are published 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 (2021/22).

He is currently completing a monograph on American Presbyterian missionaries and the broader American-Iranian mission during the mid-twentieth century. The book is titled Mission Manifest, and it will be published as part of Cornell’s United States in the World series.

  • Matthew Shannon

Contact Info

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Emory, VA 24327