Elizabeth DeWolfe

Elizabeth DeWolfe, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Co-founder, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies


Marcil Hall 211
Biddeford Campus
On sabbatical

Elizabeth DeWolfe is Professor of History and co-founder of the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Her teaching areas include American women's history, nineteenth-century popular culture, and historical research methods. DeWolfe offers a variety of courses including Growing Up Female: History of American Girls; Sex and the City; and War Letters . Dr. DeWolfe'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 operative Berengera Caswell, The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories, received book awards from the New England Historical Association and the Northeast Popular Culture Association, among others.  Dr. DeWolfe joined the UNE faculty in 1996.



Colgate University
State University of NY, Albany
Boston University


  • Nineteenth century American women’s history


Current research

Examining the business records of a ninetheenth-century hair worker. 

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: No One Fights Alone: WWII in the Pacific (spring 2019); 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.

Research interests

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

Research topics

American History
Archival Studies
Women's and Gender Studies
Women’s History