Bachelor with honors, University Wisconsin, 1978. Master of Arts, University Florida, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy with discinction, University Florida, 1997.
Assistant professor history Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, since 1997.
Member of American History Association, African Studies Association (member women's caucus), American Association of University Women.
Married Robert William Vick, September 10, 1978 (divorced August 1990). Children: Corin Olinga, Rebecca Margaret.