PhD Northwestern University, 1993
BA Brown University, 1986
Professor Shannon teaches Early American, Native American, and British history. His most recent book is Indian Captive, Indian King: Peter Williamson in America and Britain (Harvard University Press, 2018). He is also the author of Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier (Penguin, 2008) and Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754 (Cornell, 2000), the latter of which won the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars. His other books include The Seven Years’ War in North America: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford, 2014); Atlantic Lives: A Comparative Approach to Early America (Longman, 2004); American Odysseys: A History of Colonial North America, co-authored with David Gellman (Oxford, 2014); and Going to the Source: The Bedford Reader in Early American History, co-authored with Victoria Bissell Brown (Bedford, fourth edition, 2016). His work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Carter Brown Library, and the Huntington Library. His current project examines Benjamin Franklin’s relations with and writings about Native Americans during his career as a printer, politician, and diplomat.