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Shannon Brown, Ph.D.

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Senior Lecturer

Center for Homeland Defense and Security & Department of National Security of Affairs


Shannon A. Brown joined the Department of National Security Affairs as a Senior Lecturer in 2017. From 2004 through 2017, he served as a Professor of National Security Studies at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly known as the Industrial College of the Armed Forces). During his tenure at the Eisenhower School, he taught courses on National Security Studies, Regional Security Studies, Industry Studies (arms manufacturing and financial services focus areas), and electives on the subjects of technology, strategic defeat, and public-private partnerships. Between 2012 and 2017, he held leadership appointments at the Eisenhower School, first as a department chair, and later as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and the Dean of Faculty.


Dr. Brown is detailed to the faculty of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) master’s degree program. He has held teaching appointments at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Science and Technology Studies) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (History). He has also worked as a consultant, supporting government historical offices and strategic planning organizations, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Treasury, and U.S. Air Force. At CHDS, he contributes to the Internet and Society course and the Special Topics: Government course.


Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where his studies focused on the history of technology and modern world history. He earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.