Bachelor, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1973; Master of Arts, New York University, 1976; Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 1982.
Instructor French New York University, 1978-1980. Assistant professor University Texas, Austin, 1982-1988. Associate professor Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1990—2000, professor, since 2000.
Speaker conventions in field.
Member Modern Language Association (speaker convention 1988), American Association Teachers of French (speaker convention 1982), Medieval Academy of America, International Courtly Literature Society.
Married David Quinby, September 5, 1975. 1 child, Laura.