Elena Symmes

Field & Specialties

19th Century U.S.
Civil War and Reconstruction


B.A. McGill University, First Class Joint Honours with Distinction


Elena Symmes earned her Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in 2019, graduating with highest honors in History and Russian. Her primary research interests include the US South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and 19th century domestic determinants of national security. A Maryland native, Elena’s numerous internships in Washington, D.C. at prominent NGOs and the United States Congress sparked her interest in the use and misuse of history to inform public policy.