Shannon Martin


Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Office: Brock Hall 3106
Phone: 423.236.2477


BA, State University of New York at Buffalo
MA, Seton Hall University


Shannon Martin received a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2008 in political science. She went on to gain a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations in 2011 from Seton Hall University, studying at the American University in Cairo before completing her degree.

Martin’s academic interests are particular to Middle Eastern and North African studies, with specific focus on counter-terrorism, international security, political stability, socio-economic conditions, development, and human rights. Professionally, Martin has taught in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as well as working for Gap Inc.’s corporate international team in San Francisco.

In her free time, Martin loves to travel and explore cultures very different from her own, put her head in a book whenever possible, debate current events and political theory, spend time outside in any form, surround herself with animals, and soak up time with family. Martin lives with her best friend and husband, Blake, along with their rescued Saudi dog, Aravis.