Former Council Member, Teaching Division


Georgia Highlands College

Shannon Bontrager is a professor of history at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville. He teaches US history, world history, and Western civilization survey courses and writes about cultural memory and American empire in locations where the military and civilian populations overlap. His new book, Death at the Edges of Empire: Fallen Soldiers, Cultural Memory, and the Making of an American Nation, 1863-1921, follows the unfolding technology and methodology of how Americans remembered (and forgot) the military dead from the Civil War to the First World War. He has published articles in the Journal of the Early Republic and in the Journal of Church History. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Council at Georgia Highlands College to reassess the mission, goals, and three-year plan of the college. He served on the Two-Year College Task Force for the American Historical Association and on the 2016 Program Committee for the AHA annual meeting in Atlanta. He was a member of the AHA-NEH Bridging Cultures program that incorporated the Atlantic and Pacific worlds into the US history survey. As a councilor, he is committed to supporting the strong initiatives already put forth in the Teaching Division and working to align them with the interests of historians at two-year institutions.