Bachelor Spanish and Latin American Studies, Pitzer College, Claremont, California, 1978. Master of Arts Linguistics, Ohio University, 1983. Master of Arts African Studies, Ohio University, 1984.
Postgraduate African Languages and Literature, University Wisconsin, 1987—1995.
English as Second Language instructor, Language Center of Pacific, Mission Viejo, California, 1980-1981;
Fulbright EFL instructor, Lycee Gabriel Faure, Paris, 1983-1984;
English as Second Language lecturer and acting director, Intensive English Language Center University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, 1984-1987;
instructor Swahili, West H.S., Madison, Wisconsin, 1989;
project assistant in African art, department Afro-American studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991;
teaching assistant African studies, department history, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991;
instructor Swahili, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1992, 93-94;
English as Second Language instructor, Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute, Madison, since 1992. Peace corps volunteer Institute de Nyankunde, Zaire, 1978-1980. Language coordinator Wil-Mar Cmty.
Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1992. Outreach coordinator East Asian Studies University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992-1993.
Secretary Audubon Society, Athens, Ohio, 1981-1982, Claremont, California, 1977-1978. Member Modern Language Association, Fulbright Alumni Association, African Literature Association, African StudiesAssn., College English Association.
Married Jia-he Xiao, August 30, 1984.