Bachelor in English & Religious Studies, California State University, Chico, 1980. Master of Arts in English, University California, Davis, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University California, Davis, 1991.
English & women's & gender studies professor Santa Clara University, California, since 1992.
Married Roger Razzari Elrod, August 23, 1980. Children: Stephen Razzari, Adriana Francesca, Maria Isabel.