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 twentieth century. At Emory & Henry, Dr. Shannon teaches in the History Department and directs CORE 300, the international seminar in the E&H Core Curriculum. 


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


Shannon is the author of two books. His most recent book, Mission Manifest: American Evangelicals and Iran in the Twentieth Century, was published in 2024 with Cornell University Press as part of the United States in the World Series. His is also the author of Losing Hearts and Minds: American-Iranian Relations and International Education during the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2017), translated into Persian and published by Parseh Press in 2023.

Shannon is the editor of two books. American-Iranian Dialogues: From Constitution to White Revolution, c. 1890s-1960s (Bloomsbury, New Approaches to International History, 2021) was translated into Persian and published by Shirazeh Ketab in 2024. He is the coeditor (with Mark Finney) of 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st Century World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), which originated as a workshop on the E&H campus in 2015. 

Original research articles are in Diplomatic History, Passport, International History Review, Iranian Studies, The Sixties, and The Journal of Civil and Human Rights. Shannon has written widely about the historiography of U.S.-Iran relations, including in Wiley-Blackwell’s A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations and Brill’s Christian-Muslim Relations. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Community School Oral History Project, in partnership with the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Dr. Shannon, an active member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, is currently working on two book projects: a history of U.S.-Iran relations since 1979, and an international biography of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

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