Elizabeth Rice grew up for sixteen years in Seoul, South Korea as the daughter of social activist Presbyterian missionaries. That experience came to define her cultural and national identity. After moving back to the US for college, she spent a number of years working in the NGO sector in public health, immigrant and refugee, and community development nonprofits from Lusaka, Zambia to Jackson, Mississippi to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2008 she left that work to write about her childhood in South Korea and the difficult aftermath of trying to make a home in the country of her passport, a place she did not belong to. The result, Rituals of Separation, is her first book.
She is currently living between Costa Rica and Vermont.
Elizabeth has a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Washington and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University.