About the author

Martha Hodes, a professor of history at New York University, is also the author of White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South, which won the Allan Nevins Prize for Literary Distinction in the Writing of History. She is also the editor of a collection of essays, Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History.

Hodes received her PhD from Princeton University and also holds degrees from Harvard University and Bowdoin College. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, and the Whiting Foundation.

She serves as advisor for a variety of film projects, including a documentary feature-in-progress about lynching in America, and the PBS-TV series, “History Detectives.” She lives in New York City and Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century is an alternate selection for Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Guild, and Quality Paperback Book Club; it was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize and was named a Best Book of 2006 by Library Journal.