AB, Princeton University, 1978. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1990.
Lecturer Howard University, Washington, 1987. Assistant professor University California, Irvine, 1989—1994, University Chicago, 1994—1997, associate professor, since 1997.
Member of American Studies Association, Organization American Historians, American History Organization.
Married Craig Becker, August 1, 1982. Children: Tom Stanley-Becker, Isaac Stanley-Becker.