Dr. Johanna Shields

(DECEASED) Professor Emerita, History


301 Sparkman Drive
Roberts Hall
Room 323
Huntsville, AL 35899
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In 1997, Professor Shields retired after thirty years at UAH, and she then taught one course for the department each year until 2007. She also served a post-retirement stint as Director of the UAH Humanities Center, which she was instrumental in founding, and later was its Executive Director for Special Projects. Her early work focused on American political culture, and, since the late 1980s, she has studied the South.

In the midst of the massive snow storm of January, 2011, Johanna and her husband Nicholas moved to Magnolia Springs, Alabama, a tiny river town near the Gulf of Mexico. They are happily boating, visiting with friends, and trying to keep up with their children and five grandchildren. Although she continues to write history and grant proposals, Dr. Shields is currently writing a novel set in Huntsville during the period of the Civil War.

Curriculum Vitae


  • U.S. Social & Cultural
  • Early Republic through Civil War
  • American South

Recent Publications

  • Freedom in a Slave Society: Stories from the Antebellum South. Cambridge University Press, 2012.