Dr. Shannon wins Bernath Lecture Prize!

On January 5, 2019, Prof. Kelly J. Shannon was awarded the Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). The Bernath Lecture Prize, which recognizes and encourages excellence in research and teaching in the field of foreign relations by younger scholars (under age 41 or within 10 years of the Ph.D.), is one of the most prestigious prizes that SHAFR awards. Previous Bernath lecturers have gone on to become prominent scholars and influential leaders of the organization. The award involves delivering the keynote lecture at the SHAFR luncheon at the AHA annual meeting; Prof. Shannon’s lecture will be January 2020 in New York City.

Upcoming Free Event: “The 40th Anniversary of the Iran Hostage Crisis: An Evening with Roham Alvandi, Ph.D.,” Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at FAU

As part of her new position as the Chastain-Johnston Middle Eastern Studies Distinguished Professor in Peace Studies, Dr. Shannon has organized a lecture series at FAU for the 2019-2020 academic year to promote Middle Eastern Studies. The first event is “The 40th Anniversary of the Iran Hostage Crisis: An Evening with Roham Alvandi, Ph.D.” on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 113 on the FAU Boca Raton campus. This event is free and open to the public. Please see the attached flyer for details and contact Dr. Shannon at shannonk@fau.edu with questions.

SHAFR Luncheon Featuring Stuart L. Bernath Memorial Lecture by Dr. Kelly J. Shannon at the AHA, New York City, January 5, 2020, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Sunday, January 5, 2020: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Lenox Ballroom (Sheraton New York, Second Floor)

Presiding:Kristin L. Hoganson, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Speaker:Kelly J. Shannon, Florida Atlantic University

Bernath Lecture: “Approaching the Islamic World”
Kelly J. Shannon, Florida Atlantic University

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Dr. Shannon named FAU’s next Chastain-Johnston Middle Eastern Studies Distinguished Professor

Dr. Shannon was recently named FAU’s next Chastain-Johnston Middle Eastern Studies Distinguished Professor in Peace Studies by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters. Shannon will hold this two-year position from 2019-2021 and will use it to promote Middle Eastern Studies at FAU. Stay tuned for upcoming events she will organize for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Upcoming book talk at Books & Books bookstore in Coral Gables, FL, April 14 at 4 p.m.

Dr. Shannon will be giving a talk about her book, U.S. Foreign Policy and Muslim Women’s Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida on April 14 at 4 p.m. Event details are linked below. Come join her for a discussion of the history of U.S. attempts to incorporate women’s human rights concerns into its foreign policy towards Islamic countries.


“Women, Conflict, & Inequality in the World” Distinguished Faculty Lecture Panel at FAU

On Monday, February 25, Dr. Shannon sat on a panel with Dr. Angela Nichols and Dr. Annette LaRocco, both of the Florida Atlantic University Department of Political Science, to highlight the intersection of gender inequality and women’s rights concerns with other global issues. The panel was part of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. Dr. Shannon explored the history of U.S. foreign policies that have aimed to foster gender equality worldwide. She compared the current administration’s recently-announced Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative with historical efforts to promote women’s human rights abroad by the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama administrations. Dr. Nichols discussed the factors that attract women to become involved in armed conflict, and she highlighted women’s participation in the Farc rebel movement in Colombia. Dr. LaRocco rounded out the panel by discussing the unequal impact of climate change on the Global North vs. the Global South, particularly Africa, and she explained the factors in sub-Saharan Africa that have caused women there to bear the brunt of the costs of climate change in the region. The panel was lively and ended with a lively Q&A with the audience, which was made up of FAU students, faculty members, and interested members of the broader Boca Raton community.

Event flyer

Book talk at CENFAD, Temple University, October 17 at 3:30 p.m.


Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 // 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
9th Floor, Weigley Room 914 // Gladfelter Hall // 1115 W. Berks Street //Philadelphia, PA 19122

Kelly Shannon, Associate Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University, will provide a fresh interpretation of U.S. relations with the Muslim world and, more broadly, U.S. foreign relations history and the history of human rights.




Prof. Shannon’s book tour

Prof. Shannon is now available to speak about her book. She’s given book talks this spring at Nichols College in MA and the University of California Santa Barbara, with several additional talks scheduled in the coming months. Please use the contact link on this page to arrange for her to speak at your institution.