Bachelor English & Philosophy magna cum laude, Mercer University, 1984. Master of Arts in British and American literature, Kent State University, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy, Louisiana State University, 1994.
Graduate teaching assistant Kent State University, 1985-1987. Instructor Southern University, Baton Rouge, 1991-1995, assistant professor to associate to full professor, since 1995. President Middle Eastern Dance Artists of Baton Rouge, 1996-1999.
Presenter in field.
Member Modern Language Association, Popular Culture Association, Phi Kappa Phi.