Bachelor in English and Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, 1975. Master of Arts in English, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University of California at Los Angeles, 1984.
Assistant professor, Trinity U., San Antonio, 1984-1985; assistant professor, American U., Washington, 1985-1992; associate professor literature, American U., Washington, since 1992.
Member central Executive Committee Folger Shakespeare LIbr., since 1992. Member Modern Language Association, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Married Michael John Berens, September 24, 1979. 1 child, Alexander Francis.