Bachelor of Arts in English, Georgetown University, 1979. Master of Arts in English, University Washington, Seattle, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Washington, Seattle, 1989.
Teaching assistant University Washington, Seattle, 1984-1989, instructor in English, advisor undergraduates, 1989-1991. Director women and gender studies program Stetson University, Deland, Florida, since 1995, assistant professor English, since 1991, Neil Carlton chair in English, since 1996.
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Member American Association of University Women, Modern Language Association, National Womens' Studies Association, Virginia Woolf Society.