We are elated to welcome Dr. Lisa R. Shannon to the Department of African-American Studies. She joins our faculty with the rank of Lecturer. Dr. Shannon comes to AAS with a variety of professional experience and a national reputation as a scholar.
Lisa R. Shannon was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and reared in Tampa, Florida. After attending the University of Southern California and the University of Florida, she earned a B.A. in African American Studies, a M.A. in history, and a Ph.D. in history, each from Georgia State University. Shannon is a his/herstorian whose work focuses on community relations, grassroots activism, and Southern American culture. Her forthcoming publication, “Creating Community: A History of The East Washington Community in East Point, Georgia,” explores the inception, evolution, and survival techniques of one of Georgia’s most resilient African-American communities. A mother of two Georgia State University alumni, Shannon believes that her mission is to teach, “The community that we serve is broad, very diverse, and non-discriminatory. It pleases me to see students grow academically, socially, and culturally.”