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Shannon Bontrager


I live and work in Georgia but I am a transplant from Michigan. I lived in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and taught at the New English School in Amman. This year-long experience sharpened my interests in history. I worked in Higher Education for nearly 20 years and was a tenured Full Professor of History before coming to the Social Studies Department at Chattahoochee High School to teach history. I teach World History and U.S. History. In the past, I served on the American Historical Association Governing Council as a Councilor for the Teaching Division for a three-year term beginning in January 2020. I like introducing my children to popular culture, watching them play sports, playing disc golf, and (someday getting back to the actual game of golf which I miss). I like traveling and watching the Detroit Tigers and Liverpool FC. 



I defended my doctoral dissertation in history in 2011 at Georgia State University in Atlanta on the commemoration of the military dead from the Civil War to the First World War.  Before that I completed my Masters's degree in history at Central Michigan University, in Mt. Pleasant where I met my wife Eleanor. 


I am a Social Studies teacher at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. Professor of History at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville specializing in Military History, U.S. History, and World History. I am working on a second book manuscript currently titled "The Affinity of War: Traveling Memory, the War Dead, and the American Empire in France." I held a a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the New York University - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique "Memory and Memorialization: Representing Trauma and War," Paris, France and I was an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow in 2020-1, both of which contributed and supported this book project.

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