Bachelor in French, Grinnell College, Iowa, 1980. Master of Arts in French Literature & Linguistics, University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1983. Doctor of Philosophy in French Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1995.
Professor English University National Rwanda, Ruhengeri, 1985—1987. Lecturer French Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand, 1994—1995, University Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1996—1997. Assistant professor French Indiana State University, Terre Haute, 1998—2003.
Assistant to associate professor French Bronx Community College City University New York, since 2004.
Member of Modern Language Association America, American Associate Teachers French.
Married David Warren Astor, May 15, 2004. Children: Maria Cecilia Cummins-Astor, Maggie Elizabeth Astor.