Elizabeth De Wolfe is professor of history at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, where she has taught since 1996. She served as Chair of the history program and was co-founder of the women’s and gender studies program. She teaches undergraduate courses in women’s history, American culture, and historical research methods. She is particularly proud of her archives and museum exhibit courses in which teams of student curators create professional-level exhibits in area museums on local history topics. At UNE, Dr. De Wolfe has received awards for her teaching and academic advising, her service contributions, and her scholarship, including two of UNE’s highest honors, the Kenneally Cup (for service) and the Ludcke Chair of Arts & Sciences (recognizing exceptional teacher-scholars).
Beyond campus, De Wolfe has served as President of the New England Historical Association and sat on the board of the Communal Studies Association. With fellow Shaker scholars, she was a founder of the American Communal Studies Series of the Richard Couper Press, a peer-reviewed series designed to publish primary documents and scholarly treatments of works about historic and present day communal societies and utopias.
De Wolfe earned her BA at Colgate University, her MA at the State University of New York at Albany, and her Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University. Prior to her academic life, she worked in the museum field at the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, the Sabbathday Lake (Maine) Shaker Museum, and the 1636 Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, the oldest wood frame house in the U.S.
Those interested in Dr. De Wolfe's academic writing can find a bibliography here.
To see a trailer for the 2015 student-designed exhibit Write Again Soon: Letters from World War II, follow this link.