Bachelor, University California, Berkeley, 1987. Master of Arts, University California, Berkeley, 1988. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 2000.
Instructor department English Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1996—2000. Assistant professor department English Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2000—2003.
Troop leader Girl Scouts American, West Lafayette. Director Purdue Latino and Faculty Association, 2002—2003. Coordinator Stanford Partners for Academy Excellence, Palo Alto.
Faculty advisor Purdue chapter Delta Phi Mu Sorority, West Lafayette, 2002—2003. Faculty advisor Purdue's Fathers And Mothers, 2000—2003. Member of Modern Language Association (associate), Milton Society of America (associate).
Married Sean Thomas O'Connor. Children: Jacqueline Alicia Cassutt, Paul Leon Cassutt.