DR. Kelly Shannon

Ph.D., Temple University
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. Foreign Relations
  • 20th Century U.S.
  • Human Rights
  • Modern Islamic World
  • Modern Iran

Email: shannonk@fau.edu
Office Phone: (561) 297-1329

faculty photoDr. Shannon specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations, with particular attention to the 20th century.  Her research focuses on U.S. relations with the Islamic world, U.S. relations with Iran, Muslim women's human rights, transnational history, and the history of human rights.  Her first book, U.S. Foreign Policy and Muslin Women's Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, November 2017) explored the integration of American concerns for women's human rights into U.S. policy towards the Islamic world since the Iranian Revolution.  Her other publications include book chapters, journal articles, and essays on President Harry Truman and the Middle East, the international movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM), U.S. encounters with Saudi gender relations during the first Gulf War, U.S. relations with Iran, and state of the field essays.  She has also authored essays for Passport and Town Square 49, as well as several book reviews.

Dr. Shannon was an inaugural faculty fellow with FAU's Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative, and she is currently affiliated with PJHR and FAU's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program.  She is the recipient of several grants and honors, including a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend, the Samuel Flagg Bemis Research Grant from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), the SHAFR Summer Institute, and the Marvin Wachman Fellowship in Force and Diplomacy from the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) at Temple University.  She is an active member of SHAFR, as well as several other scholarly organizations.

Prior to joining the faculty at FAU, Dr. Shannon was a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at La Salle University in Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  She earned her Ph.D. in History at Temple University, her M.A. in History at the University of Connecticut, and her B.A. in History from Vassar College.

Dr. Shannon is currently working on a book-length study of U.S. relations with Iran during the first half of the twentieth century, tentatively entitled The Ties of Good Harmony: U.S.-Iran Relations, 1905-1953.





Undergraduate Courses

  • U.S. History since 1877
  • Introduction to Historical Study
  • History of Human Rights
  • U.S. since 1945
  • Diplomatic History of the U.S.
  • Special Topics in American History: American Perceptions of Muslims in Historical Perspective
  • Senior Seminar

Graduate Courses

  • Readings in U.S. History:  Readings in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Seminar in U.S. History:  The Problem of Empire in American Foreign Relations

Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)