About Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (PJHR)

The Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative grew out of the Peace Studies Program which was established at Florida Atlantic University approximately twenty years ago. The commitment of the University to the themes of the Initiative is profound and led to PJHR being included as one of nine key platforms in the University's current strategic plan. PJHR is a multidisciplinary effort that brings together scholars, practitioners, students and community leaders that are invested in the themes of human rights, peace and social justice. This is a University-wide commitment to issues of global importance that affect the South Florida area.


Kelly J. Shannon, Ph.D.

Kelly J. Shannon, Ph.D.

Kelly J. Shannon, Ph.D. is the Director of the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative (PJHR). She is also Associate Professor of History and the Chastain-Johnston Middle Eastern Studies Distinguished Professor in Peace Studies at FAU. Dr. Shannon’s research focuses on U.S. relations with the Islamic world, U.S. relations with Iran, women’s human rights, transnational feminism, and international history. She is the author of U.S. Foreign Policy and Muslim Women’s Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), as well as several book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Shannon is currently working on two books. The first is a monograph on U.S. relations with Iran during the first half of the twentieth century, tentatively entitled The Ties That Bind: U.S.-Iran Relations, 1905-1953. The second, American Feminism and the World since 1945: An International History, is geared toward a general audience and is under contract with Bloomsbury Press. Dr. Shannon teaches undergraduate courses on 20th century U.S. history, U.S. women’s history, U.S. diplomatic history, U.S.-Islamic relations, the history of human rights, historical methods, and the senior seminar. She advises M.A. theses and teaches graduate courses on U.S. foreign relations history, the history of U.S. empire, and the teaching practicum.

Dr. Shannon has been affiliated with PJHR since its inception in 2014, when she served as an inaugural Faculty Fellow from 2014-2016. She is also affiliated with FAU’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program. Dr. Shannon is the recipient of many grants and honors, including the 2019 Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize awarded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend, a Rockefeller Archive Foundation Research Stipend, the SHAFR Samuel Flagg Bemis Research Grant, 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 currently serves on the SHAFR Executive Council and is active in several other scholarly organizations. Dr. Shannon has spoken in many academic and public settings, has authored op eds in venues like the Washington Post, and has been interviewed by NPR and other media outlets.”