Suzanne Lebsock is a scholar whose research focuses on the convergence of legal, economic, and social history.
Lebsock experiments with forms of historical narrative, exploring the boundary between history and fiction. Her first book, The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860 (1984), explores the intersection of women’s history, issues of race, and antebellum Southern history. Her second book, written for an exhibition about the history of women in Virginia at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, is entitled A Share of Honour: Virginia Women, 1600-1945 (1984; 2d ed. 1987). Her third book, A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial (2003), is based on an 1890s murder case in rural Virginia that involves issues of race, gender, and the role of the state.
Lebsock is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. She served previously as a professor in the Department of History at the University of Washington, Seattle, and was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1992-95).
Lebsock received a B.A. (1971) from Carleton College, and an M.A. (1973) and a Ph.D. (1977) from the University of Virginia.