Elizabeth De Wolfe is a historian and award-winning author whose work explores ordinary women in extraordinary situations. Her book on the short life and sad death of the New England factory girl Berengera Caswell, The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories (Kent State University Press, 2007), received Book of the Year awards from the New England Historical Association and the Northeast Popular Culture Association and won awards in the category of True Crime in both the Independent Publisher Book Awards and from ForeWord Magazine.
Her study of the nineteenth-century anti-Shaker activist Mary Marshall Dyer, Shaking the Faith (Palgrave, 2002), received the 2003 Outstanding Book Award from the Communal Studies Association. Additional books include Domestic Broils: Shakers, Antebellum Marriage and the Narratives of Mary and Joseph Dyer (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010) and Such News of the Land: U.S. Women Nature Writers (University Press of New England, 2001).
De Wolfe is professor of history at the University of New England (Biddeford, Maine). She earned her BA at Colgate University, an MA at the State University of New York at Albany and her PhD in American and New England Studies from Boston University. She joined the UNE faculty in 1996 and teaches courses in American women’s history and American culture. De Wolfe lives in southern Maine with her husband Scott, a rare book and ephemera dealer.