About Us

Mission Statement

The Nau Center promotes scholarship, teaching, and public outreach regarding the United States in the era of the Civil War. It draws on rich resources at the University of Virginia, including members of the faculty in several departments and schools, impressive library holdings in both published and manuscript materials, talented graduate students from across the United States and abroad, and a deep pool of undergraduate students with an interest in the field.

The Center builds on longstanding strengths in the Department of History, which over the past 15 years has trained dozens of doctoral students in the field who have published widely in refereed journals, contributed to many books of essays, written a number of well-received books from leading presses, and competed successfully for tenure-track positions at colleges and universities. At the undergraduate level, courses relating to the South and 19th-century U.S. history consistently attract large and appreciative enrollments.

The Center‘s expansive program will include support for graduate and undergraduate research, funding for lectures and conferences designed to reach academic and lay audiences, a book prize for superior scholarship in the field, a postdoctoral fellowship, and undergraduate internships at public historical sites and institutions.

The Center’s activities will help maintain the University’s reputation as a preeminent location to explore a profoundly disruptive and transformative period in American history.  

Gary W. Gallagher is Director of the Nau Civil War Center and John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War.

Elizabeth R. Varon is Associate Director of the Nau Civil War Center and Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia.  Varon grew up in northern Virginia. She received her PhD from Yale, and has held teaching positions at Wellesley College and Temple University. 

William B. Kurtz is the Nau Center’s Managing Director and Digital Historian.  He received his PhD in 2012 from the University of Virginia, where he studied under the direction of Gary W. Gallagher. 




Mailing Address:
Nau Center for Civil War History
Special Collections Library
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400110
Charlottesville, VA, 22904-4110

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