Center for Homeland Defense and Security senior lecturer and thesis advisor Dr. Shannon Brown has been named the winner of the Lieutenant Commander David L. Williams Outstanding Professor Award.
The award is presented to the faculty member of the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Graduate School of International and Defense Studies (IDS) who has demonstrated the greatest dedication to the learning and intellectual growth of students, in-residence and abroad, and through that dedication had the greatest impact on the individual students and the course as a whole.
IDS was formerly known as the School of International Graduate Studies, which established the award.
Brown, who joined CHDS in 2017, teaches several courses in the Center’s Master’s program, and contributes to the Internet and Society course and the Special Topics: Government course.
Before joining CHDS, Brown served as a Professor of National Security Studies at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy from 2004-17, holding leadership appointments including department chair, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and the Dean of Faculty.
He has also held teaching positions at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and has worked as a consultant supporting government offices and strategic planning organizations including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Treasury, and U.S. Air Force.
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, and earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
The award was first presented in March 2004 and is granted each quarter.
It honors the memory and service of Ltn Cmdr Williams (USN), an NPS alumnus killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.