placeholder image
  • Contact Info
Publications in VIVO

Shannon, Megan Associate Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • My research explores how international institutions influence human and interstate security. It builds from the premise that international and civil violence occur because relevant political actors cannot commit to ceasing violent behavior. I show that international law and organizations help actors overcome commitment problems, forgo the use of violence, and reach peaceful settlements.


  • international conflict, international conflict management, international institutions, United Nations peacekeeping, international organizations, international peace and security


selected publications


courses taught

  • PSCI 2223 - Introduction to International Relations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Introduces the field of international relations, with general survey of the theories, histories, and problems of historical and contemporary relations among state and nonstate actors.
  • PSCI 3183 - International Law
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Investigates the body of law that regulates relations between nation states and provides a framework for the solving of common problems. Explores its nature and effectiveness as well as its adaptability to a changing environment. Formerly PSCI 4183. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223.
  • PSCI 7123 - Seminar: Conflict Behavior - The Politics of Violence
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Surveys historical, theoretical, and empirical analyses of violent conflict behavior, including the causes and consequences of riots, insurgency, terrorism, revolution, civil war, and intervention.
  • PSCI 8903 - Graduate Research Topic
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides an opportunity for independent research in a topic of special interest. Arrangements are made to suit the needs of each particular student. Not a free option; must be approved by student's advisor and department chair. Does not count as a seminar. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

Other Profiles