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 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 additional books. The first is 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st Century World, which was published in 2019 with Palgrave Macmillan. The second is with Bloomsbury’s New Approaches to International History Series. It is titled  American-Iranian Dialogues: From Constitution to White Revolution and 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 relationsHe is currently 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 from the 1940s to the 1960s.


Cornell UP, 2017.


9/11 and the Academy

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