Bachelor, Sarah Lawrence College, 1964. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy., University Sussex, England, 1976.
Member of faculty, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, 1975-1991; member of faculty, Fullerton (California) College, since 1991. Director Johnson County Center for Local History, Overland Park, Kansas, 1983-1991. Teacher Great Plains and Western United States history Columbia University, summer1990.
Member Johnson County Bicentennial Commission, 1987-1988. Member Kansas Committee for the Humanities (board directors 1987-1990), Kansas History Teachers Association (president 1987-1988), Kansas State History Society (editorial committee 1988-1990).
Married William. A. Nettleship, August 14, 1966. Children: Elizabeth, Anna.