Matthew Shannon

Associate Professor History

Matthew Shannon is a historian of America’s global interactions during the twentieth century, and his research focuses on American-Iranian relations. 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 international histories 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, 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. 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 forthcoming books. The first is co-edited with colleague Mark Finney. It is titled 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st Century World and will be out in late 2019 with Palgrave Macmillan. The second is an edited collection with Bloomsbury’s New Approaches to International History Series titled  American-Iranian Dialogues: From Constitution to White Revolution, c. 1890s-1960s. It is forthcoming in 2020.

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 relations. 

He is currently researching and writing a second monograph that 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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