Bachelor in History, Ohio Wesleyan College, 1978; Master of Arts in French, Boston College, 1981; Master of Philosophy. in French, Yale University, 1982; Doctor of Philosophy in French, U. Pittsburgh, 1987.
Assistant professor French Montclair (New Jersey) State College, 1988-1989, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1989-1991. Associate professor French, director Intermediate Language Program Barnard College, New York City, 1991—1994. Professor French Fordham University, Bronx, since 1994, chair emerita modern languages and literature.
Presenter papers in field, since 1986. Speaker 16th Century Studies Conference, 1991, 92, 93. Organizer, presenter conferences.
Consultant language texts department Houghton-Mifflin Public Company.
Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, Phi Alpha Theta.
Married W.R. Coats, November 1, 1986 (divorced June 1994). 1 child, Sara Shaw Coats.