AB, Radcliffe/Harvard College, 1951. AM, Harvard University, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 1977.
Senior lecturer Northeastern University, 1964-1981. Fulbright lecturer Palacky University, Czech Republic, 1990-1992, Beijing University, 1985-1986. American studies organizer Showa Woman's University, Tokyo, 1988-1989.
Lecturer Yale University, New Haven, 1985, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982-1983. Scholarly advisor Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 1978-1982. Founding member, director Alliance of Indiana Scholars, 1979-1990.
Discussion leader American culture Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities, 1983-1997, Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, 1997^.
Organizer Lexington Oral History Projects, since 1980. Advisor Mass Federation for Humanities. Vice president Fulbright Association for Eastern Massachusetts, 1995-1997.
Member National Writers Union, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Arthur Daniel Kaledin, January 23, 1953 (divorced March 1997). Children: Nicholas, Jonathan, Elizabeth.