Shannon McNaught, MA Candidate, School of International Service, American University

Shannon McNaught

Shannon is currently pursuing an MA in Intercultural & International Communication at American University’s School of International Service, with a research focus in public and cultural diplomacy. Shannon is in the process of writing an MA thesis examining the role of cultural heritage in national storytelling. Following an initial career in the arts sector, Shannon transitioned to international affairs and worked as the Research & Administration Assistant for the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO. During her tenure with the Commission, she served as a U.K. Representative at the 2017 European UNESCO Youth Meeting and the 39th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO. Since returning to the United States in 2018, Shannon has interned with Americans for the Arts and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. She currently works as a research assistant to Dr. Robert Kelley and is Editor-in-Chief of American University’s Journal of International Service. Shannon hopes to pursue a career in cultural diplomacy and support the U.S. government’s foreign policy agenda through the strategic use of American soft power. She holds a BA in Art History and French from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art.