Shawn T. Lyons

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Office location and address
206 Monroe Hall
248 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of Washington
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Welcome! While serving as one of the College’s Association Deans, I also teach courses on Central Asia through our Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures. And where is Central Asia? That region now includes Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Xinjiang and Afghanistan. These were the old stomping grounds of Timur (Tamerlane) and Genghis Khan.

I continue to enjoy meeting with students and their families. Please don’t hesitate to contact me when you have any questions.

MESA 1000: From Genghis Khan to Stalin: Invasions and Empires of Central Asia
Credits: 3
Survey of Central Asian civilizations from the first to the twenty-first centuries, with particular emphasis on nomadism, invasions, conquests, and major religious-cultural developments.
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see
IMP 4970: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
IMP 4971: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.