Bachelor in English with 1st class honors, University Queensland, 1981. Master of Arts in English, University Queensland, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Warwick, 1990.
Tutor University Queensland, 1981-1982. Tutor, research assistant University Warwick, England, 1983-1984. Senior tutor in English La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 1985-1991.
Lecturer in English Australian National University, Canberra, 1991-1997, senior lecturer in English, since 1997.