Elizabeth De Wolfe writes the stories of ordinary women's extraordinary lives. She is the award-winning author of The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories, on the short life and lonely death of the New England mill operative Berengera Caswell, and of Shaking the Faith on Mary Marshall Dyer’s early-nineteenth-century anti-Shaker campaign.
Working much like a detective, De Wolfe hunts archives for clues on lives almost forgotten. Her current project explores a Maine woman and her business making Victorian mourning and friendship jewelry from human hair.
De Wolfe is professor of history and co-founder of the women’s and gender studies program at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She teaches undergraduate courses in women’s history, in American culture, and on historical research and writing. Her books have received awards from the New England Historical Association, Northeast Popular Culture Association, the Communal Studies Association, ForeWord Magazine, and the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her research projects have been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Pew Program in Religion and History. She lives with her husband, a rare book and ephemera dealer, in Alfred, Maine.