Bachelor of Science in Education in History, Eastern Illinois University, 1973. Master of Arts in History, Eastern Illinois University, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, Chicago, 1986.
Assistant professor History, Tarkio (Missouri) College, 1980-1981; adjunct instructor History, various schools, Illinois, 1982-1984; visiting assistant professor, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1987-1988; assistant professor History, U. Cincinnati, 1988-1994; associate professor, U. Cincinnati, since 1994.
Member American History Society, Societe des Etudes Romantiques, Society for French History Studies, Teachers for a Democratic Culture.
Married William E. Parker Junior, February 15, 1985.