Rebecca Edwards grew up in Smithfield, Virginia. She graduated from William and Mary in 1988 and received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Virginia. She is currently a history professor at Vassar College. Her research interests focus on the post-Civil War era and include electoral politics, Populism, and the history of women and gender roles. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Rebecca Edwards.