Bachelor, Vassar College, 1977. License ès lettres, University Strasbourg, France, 1979. Master ès lettres, University Strasbourg, France, 1981.
Doctor in History of European Civilization, University Strasbourg, France, 1989.
Assistant research aide Institute d'Histoire Médievale, Strasbourg, 1979-1985. Assistant professor English University Populaire de Strasbourg, 1981-1985. Research assistant University Basel, Switzerland, 1984-1985.
Assistant professor French Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, since 1986. National Endowment of the Humanities fellow Princeton University, 1994.
Member Modern Language Association, American History Association, Medieval Association of the Pacific.