University of Virginia

Brianna Kirk studies the Civil War and Reconstruction at the University of Virginia

BreannaKirk Brianna Kirk is a first-year history Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia studying the Civil War and Reconstruction under Dr. Elizabeth R. Varon, A 2015 graduate of Gettysburg College, her research interests focus on the immediate post-war period and Civil War memory. After graduating from Gettysburg, Kirk worked at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, as the Lead Historical Interpreter and Visitor Engagement Supervisor. Her master's thesis examines the Norfolk Race Riot of April, 1866, and its implications for the course of Reconstruction.