Suzanne Lebsock is an award winning author and historian. Her works include her first book The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860 which was published in 1984 and won the Bancroft Prize, and A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial. She has won the Francis Parkman Prize for her writing, and is currently a Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She specializes in women's history.
Lebsock has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial and MacArthur foundations.