Elizabeth De Wolfe

Elizabeth De Wolfe is Professor of History, Director of the Liberal Studies Program, and affiliated faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Her teaching areas include American women's history, nineteenth-century popular culture and historical research methods. De Wolfe offers a variety of courses including Growing Up Female: History of American Girls; Bestsellers and the Big, Bad City; Women, Health and History; and War Letters . Dr. De Wolfe's research explores ordinary women who find themselves in extraordinary situations. Her study of the anti-Shaker activist Mary Marshall Dyer, Shaking the Faith, received the 2003 Outstanding Book Award from the Communal Studies Association. Her 2007 book on the textile factory girl Berengera Caswell, The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories, received book awards from the New England Historical Association, the Northeast Popular Culture Association, Independent Publisher, and ForeWord Magazine. Her current project explores an 1890s political scandal involving a US congressman, his mistress, and a girl spy. Dr. De Wolfe joined the UNE faculty in 1996.



Colgate University


State University of NY, Albany


Boston University


Nineteenth-century American Women's History; Shakers and Other American Communal Groups; Nineteenth-century popular culture


Current Research

 Researching an 1890s  scandal involving a US congressman, his mistress of ten years, and a girl spy.

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century American women's history, particularly the stories of ordinary women who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

Selected Publications

"50 Shades of Chambray," Down East magazine (June 2015).

Foreword to The Real Madeleine Pollard (1894) by Agnes Parker [pseud.  of Jane Armstrong Tucker]. E-book available from the Lexington (Kentucky) Public Library (2014).

Domestic Broils: Shakers, Marriage and the Narratives of Mary and Joseph Dyer (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010).

The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories (Kent State University Press, 2007).

  • Winner of 2008 Book Awards from the New England Historical Association, and from the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association; Sillver medal winner in True Crime from ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards (2007); Bronze medal winner in True Crime in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Shaking the Faith: Women, Family and Mary Marshall Dyer's Anti-Shaker Campaign, 1815-1867 (Palgrave 2002).

  • 2003 Outstanding Publication Award, Communal Studies Association

Such News of the Land: U.S. Women Nature Writers (UPNE, 2000, with Thomas S. Edwards).

Other Scholarly Activity

Co-curator of collaborative UNE student-designed exhibits: Write Again Soon: Letters from WWII (spring 2015); John Haley's Civil War (summer 2013); Voyages and the Great Age of Sail (summer 2011); and Mary Bean: The Factory Girl or the Victim of Seduction (spring 2008), Saco (Maine) Museum.

Funded Grants

Research Fellowship, Kentucky Historical Society, 2012.

UNE Office of Research & Scholarship, Mini-grant, 2012.

Maine Humanities Council (awarded with the Saco Museum), 2010.

Research Topics

Dr. Elizabeth De Wolfe

Elizabeth De Wolfe



Professor of History

Director, Liberal Studies Program

Affiliated Faculty, Women's & Gender Studies

Biddeford Campus

Marcil Hall


(207) 602-2322