"Shannon is one of those rare individuals who is both a first-rate researcher and an excellent writer."
As an interdisciplinary scholar, I've always been interested in the intersections between history and social institutions. All of my work, from my children's books to my scholarly articles, asks these core questions:
How do marginalized people find autonomy and freedom in societies determined to control and dehumanize them? What can history tell us about how we got to where we are today? Whose stories have been uplifted and whose erased? For what ends? Which perspectives have yet to be amplified and internalized at a societal level in order for systemic change to occur?
I started my academic career researching the history of sexuality, specifically LGBTQ+ social movements in the US and Western Europe. This led me to write about more contemporary LGBTQ+ movements for justice, such as those fighting the passage of Proposition 8 in California. During my Ph.D, I completed a multi-year research project on LGBTQ+ youth cultures at US women's colleges, Title IX and trans rights, and the problems of racism, classism, and femmephobia even in spaces aiming to be progressive and inclusive.
I continue to write and research on issues of social justice. You can find my published scholarship to date below.