Bachelor in English Literature, Mundelein College, 1964. Master of Arts, Marquette University, 1966. Master of Arts, Temple University, 1972.
Doctor of Philosophy, Temple University, 1973.
Instructor theology, Mundelein College, Chicago, 1965-1969; instructor theology, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1970-1973; assistant professor religion, University of California, Riverside, 1973-1979; associate professor, University of California, Riverside, 1979-1991; professor, University of California, Riverside, since 1991; chairman program in religious studies, University of California, Riverside, since 1985.
Member American Academy Religion (president Western region 1984-1985, vice president, program chairman 1983-1984, member of national commission on education study of religion), Society Christian Ethics (board directors 1979-1983, 90-94, chairman Pacific section 1977-1978, vice chairman, program chairman 1976-1977), College Theology Society, Danforth Foundation (associate), Pacific Coast Theological Society.
Married Harry Hood, August 11, 1973. 1 child, Meagan O'Connor Hood.