Party affiliation: Democrat
- Associate professor Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, since 2000. Visiting professor Semester at Sea, 2005, Fulbright, Rijeka, Croatia, 2006.
Peace corps volunteer United States Peace Corps, Senegal, 1986—1988. Member of American Association of University Women (membership vice president 2005-2006), S. Atlantic Modern Language Association (section chair 2003-2004), Society Study Indigenous Languages American, Association Study American Indian Literature, American Folklore Society (associate. Annual meeting committee 2004-2005).