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Kelly J. Shannon

Assistant Professor of History and International Studies
Office: Admin 147H
Phone: (907) 786-1692


Kelly J. Shannon is an Assistant Professor of History and International Studies at UAA. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned her Ph.D. from Temple University in 2010 and taught at La Salle University before joining the faculty at UAA in the fall of 2011.


B.A., History, Vassar College (2003)
M.A., History, University of Connecticut (2005)
Ph.D., History, Temple University (2010)

Career History

La Salle University, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, 2010-2011
University of Alaska Anchorage, Assistant Professor of History, 2011-present

Teaching Responsibilites

Prof. Shannon's teaching fields include post-1945 U.S. history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, the modern Islamic world, and U.S. history surveys.

HIST 131: History of U.S. I
HIST 132: History of U.S. II
HIST 377: Historiography: The Uses and Abuses of History
HIST 390: Themes in World History: "The Islamic World in the 20th Century"
HIST 390: Themes in World History: "International Social and Political Movements in the 20th Century"
HIST 453: "America in the Cold War Era, 1945-1992"
HIST 477: Senior Seminar
HIST 479: Studies in Modern American History: "Superpower America: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1945"
HIST 479: Studies in Modern American History: "American Perceptions of Muslims in Historical Perspective"

Research Interests

U.S. foreign relations and international history; modern Islamic history; Muslim women; women's rights; human rights


Works in Progress

Veiled Intentions: Islam, Global Feminism, and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1979

Edited Collections

"Truman and the Middle East" in Blackwell Companion to Harry S. Truman, ed. Dan Margolies (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2012): 362-388

"The Right to Bodily Integrity: Women's Rights as Human Rights and the International Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation, 1970s-1990s" in The Human Rights Revolution: An International History, eds. Akira Iriye, William I. Hitchcock, and Petra Goedde (New York: Oxford, 2011): 285-310

Articles (peer reviewed)

"'I'm Glad I'm Not a Saudi Woman': The First Gulf War and U.S. Encounters with Saudi Gender Relations," Cambridge Review of International Affairs 25, no. 4 (iFirst advanced online version October 2012; print version forthcoming Nov/Dec 2012)

"'Maybe I Can Marry Them Both': Conflicted American Views on the Algerian War," Hindsight 1 (Spring 2007): 1-26

Other Writing

"The Last Word: SHAFR Is From Mars...," Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review 43, no. 1 (September 2012): 70-71 

"Persepolis and the Middle East Today," 2012 Anchorage Reads Program/Alaska World Affairs Council, 16 February 2012, electronic article on Townsquare 49, KSKA radio/NPR website: