Assistant Professor of History
Lord Fairfax Community College
Jonathan A. Noyalas is Assistant Professor of History and director of the Center for Civil War History at Lord Fairfax Community College, a position he has held for the past eight years. Noyalas earned his undergraduate degree in history at Shenandoah University and did his graduate study in history at Virginia Tech. He is the author or editor of 11 books on Civil War era history including his recently released Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah: Remembrance, Reunion, and Reconciliation. Additionally, Noyalas has authored more than 100 essays, articles, reviews, and chapters for a variety of popular and scholarly publications including Civil War History, Civil War Times, Civil War Monitor, Blue & Gray, America’s Civil War, Civil War News, and Hallowed Ground.
In addition to teaching and writing, Noyalas has worked on a variety of public history projects including Civil War historian for the National Park Service’s historic resource study at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, content expert for the Civil War Trust’s Cedar Creek Battlefield App, and served as a consultant for several documentaries including National Geographic’s “Civil Warriors.” He has also appeared on C-SPAN’s American History TV. Active in battlefield preservation in the Shenandoah Valley, Noyalas is the former chair of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s committee on interpretation and education. For all of his efforts as a professor, scholar, and educating the broader public about the American Civil War, Lord Fairfax Community College bestowed its highest honor on Noyalas — the distinguished faculty award — in May 2015. The college also honored him in the spring of 2015 with its first-ever distinguished scholarship award. In October 2015 Noyalas received the Virginia Community Colleges Association’s Faculty Showcase Award.
Noyalas currently has a number of scholarly projects underway including a study of the tenuous nature of freedom for the Shenandoah Valley’s African-American population during the Civil War era.
He spends his downtime enjoying life with the two most important people in it, his wonderful, loving and supportive wife, Brandy, and his son, Alexander.
"What I am able to do via my position … at LFCC is not only provide quality instruction, and support the community ... but help give students, when counted out by most in society, that second chance."