Bachelor, University of Chicago, 1969; Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1971; Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1984.
Member of faculty, Stockton State College, 1971; editor, Southeast Asia Chronicle, 1976-1980; editor/director The Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, Berkeley, since 1980.
Member Organization of America Historians (committee on archives and historians), American History Association (committee on Joan Kelly prize in feminist history 1991), Association Documentary Editors, Western Association Women Historians (committee on Kanner prize in bibliographic work).
Married Lowell Stewart Finley, October 23, 1977. Two children.