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Shelley Cannady


Curriculum Vitae


Street address: 209 Denmark Hall
Athens, GA 30602-1845
Shelley Cannady

Personal Interests

Botany, viticulture, medicinal herbalism, gardening, wildlife, art, hiking, travel




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Biographical Information

Shelley Cannady is an Associate Professor in the College of Environment and Design. She has taught a wide range of courses at UGA, both at its main campus and in Costa Rica. Most of her design courses include real-world projects with community partners in which students gain experience working with clients and physical sites. Originally from northern California, Prof. Cannady has lived and worked in a variety of locations and is inspired by extensive travel experiences. She lives on a farm property where she manages a production winegrape vineyard and indulges her interests in agriculture and nature.


MLA, University of Georgia (1999)
BA, Russian Language and Literature, Indiana University (1985)
Area Certificate, Soviet Studies, Indiana University Russian & East European Institute (1985)



Intelligence Officer (Lt. Commander/O-4), United States Navy, 1987-96 (active)/1996-2004 (reserve)        

  • Special Security Officer for the Naval Air Station, Keflavik, Iceland (1993-96)
  • NATO intelligence delegate for Iceland (1993-96)
  • Russian language communications for U.S. Air Force and Icelandic Coast Guard rescue operations in the North Atlantic (1993-96)
  • Japanese Liaison Officer for the U.S. Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific (1991-93)


Prof. Cannady’s research focuses on imprints in the landscape brought about by societal responses to conflict and social upheaval.  Study sites include Russia/former USSR, Japan, and WW II Japanese-American incarceration sites in North America.  Professional and pedagogical interests include non-traditional design influences, resilient plant communities, edible and medicinal plantings, landscape in the arts and pop culture, Japanese aesthetics, agritourism, and agricultural landscapes (esp. vineyard and equestrian.)


  • Cannady, Shelley.  “Conflict, Incarceration, and Decay: the American concentration camps of WWII.” Landscapes of Conflict.  European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS), Ghent, Belgium, September 2018, pp. 396-404.
  • Cannady, Shelley.  “Tule Lake Today: complex legacies of internment.”  Boom: A Journal of California, 3:1 Spring 2013, pp. 17-33.  Berkeley, CA:  The University of California Press.
  • Cannady, Shelley and Bertram de Rooij.  “Russian Lieux de Memoires: is the Future the Past?”  Landscape Legacy:  Landscape Architecture and Planning Between Art and Science.  Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)/International Study Group on Multiple Uses of Land (ISOMUL), Maastricht, Netherlands; People/Environment, pp. 1-12.
  • Cannady, Shelley.  “Leningrad in the Gloaming of the Soviet Era:  Edifice, Silence, Survivors, and the Narrative of Public Space.”  Historical Landscapes in the Modern Era, St. Petersburg State Forest Technical Academy, IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects), ALACIS (Association of Landscape Architects of the Commonwealth of Independent States), and Lincoln University, New Zealand.  Publishing House of Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, June 2009, pp. 82-85. 


  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Gamma Sigma Delta National Honor Society of Agriculture
  • Sigma Lambda Alpha National Honor Society of Landscape Architects


  • Professor of the Year, Georgia Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (2019, 2012, 2009)
  • UGA Superior Teaching Award for the College of Environment and Design (2013, 2012)
  • College of Environment and Design Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching (2012)
  • University of Georgia Writing Fellow (2008-09)
  • Military (1988-96):  Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal
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