She received Bachelor in French and Bachelor in Political Science at University California, Santa Barbara, in 1978. Then she got Master of Arts in Political Science at University California, Santa Barbara, in 1981, and Master of Arts in French at Stanford University, California, in 1984. Finally, she became Doctor of Philosophy in French at Stanford University, California, in 1990.
She was appointed lecturer of French at Stanford University in 1989—1990. Then she worked as an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff in 1990—1996, associate professor in 1996—2004, professor in 2004—2007, and professor emerita since 2007.
Coordination Internationale des Chercheurs Sur Les Litteratures Maghrebines
Modern Language Association of America
American Association of Teachers of French
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
American Literary Translators Association
Women in French
American Association of University Professors
American Association of University Women
Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Lambda Delta
Phi Sigma Iota
Pi Delta Phi
On January 7, 1984 she married Jorge Esteban Mezei, but they divorced in 1987.