Matthew Shannon

Assistant Professor History

Matthew Shannon is a historian of America’s global interactions during the Cold War, 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. He also serves as the co-director of the Emory & Henry chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honors society for the social sciences. 


  • 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, modern global history, the World Wars, and the Cold War. Other courses are on various facets of the American experience, including the Civil War and Reconstruction, the history of race in the United States, and the 1960s. Students also have the opportunity to study the Modern Middle East and participate in an interdisciplinary senior seminar on 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.

Cornell UP, 2017.

 Original research has also been published in Iranian Studies, Diplomatic History, International History Review, and The Sixties. He is currently researching and writing a second book that explores the mutual impact of the United States and Iran on the other during the decades surrounding the Iranian Revolution.

Contact Info

144 McGlothlin-Street Hall

Emory, VA 24327