Bachelor magna cum laude, University Iowa, 1962. Master of Arts in English Literature, University Iowa, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy in 19th Century American Literature, University Iowa, 1977.
Teaching assistant to adjunct assistant professor University Iowa, Iowa City, 1972-1982, program associate to the dean of Liberal Arts, 1979-1981, program associate, 1981-1982, assistant to the dean College of Liberal Arts, 1982-1984. Lecturer Shanghai Normal University, Peoples Republic of China, May 1985. Fulbright lecturer in American Literature Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Peoples Republic of China, 1988-1989, 90-91.
Adjunct professor Nanjing University, Peoples Republic of China, 1987-1988. Fulbright lecturer in American Literature Srinakharinwirot University, Mahasarakham, Thailand, 1989-1990. Independent scholar University Iowa, 1991-1993, adjunct associate professor Asian Languages and Literature, since 1993.
Member Chinese Friendship Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Lamda Delta.
Married Donald W. Sutherland, December 17, 1961 (deceased September 1986).