Master of Arts, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1989.
Research assistant Uppsala University, 1993—1994. Professor Karlstad University, Sweden, since 1997. Research assistant Umeå University, Sweden, 1991—1993.
President English Literature Professors Conference, Sweden, since 2007.
Member of Swedish Branch European Society Study English (vice president 2005-2009), Connotations Society, International Association of University Professors of English.
Married Rose M. Hilliard, June 26, 1982. Children: Linnea, Rebecka.