Rebecca Edwards

Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair

Rebecca Edwards received her PhD in 1995 from the University of Virginia. Her research interests focus on the post-Civil War era and include electoral politics and the history of women and gender. She teaches courses on the 19th-century United States, women in the United States up to 1890, and the American West, including a First-Year Writing Seminar.

BA, College of William and Mary; MA, PhD, University of Virginia
At Vassar since 1995


Swift Hall
Box 493
Mon. 3-4:30 & Thurs. 1-3pm and by Appointment

Research and Academic Interests

19th-Century United States History
Women in the United States up to 1890
History of the American West


HIST/WMST 260 Sex & Reproduction in 19th Century United States: Before Margaret Sanger
HIST 300 Thesis Preparation: Sources, Methods, and Interpretations

In the Media

Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair, spoke to the Atlantic about 2020, “The Year We Lost.”


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