Bachelor, Mount Holyoke College, 1973; Master of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1974; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1980.
Assistant professor Columbia University, New York City, 1980-1985, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1985-1992. Associate professor Emory University, Atlanta, since 1992, chair, 2000—2003, interim chair Institute for Jewish Studies, 2004—2006. Consultant and reader Spanish advanced placement exams Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, since 1989.
Review panelist National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, 1990, 2005. Visiting professor University California, Berkeley, 1998, member advisory board Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania State Romance Studies Series.
Member American Association of University Professors, Modern Language Association (division Executive Committee Spanish literature 1991-1995, Katherine Singer Kovacs prize selection committee since 1996), Society Study Narrative Literature, Asociacion Internacional de Galdosistas (vice president 1993-1995, president since 1996), Asociacion Internacional de Hispanistas, Midwest Modern Language Association, American Association Teachers Spanish and Portuguese, Society Literature Española del Siglo XIX.