Bachelor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1985. Master of Arts, University Louisiana, Lafayette, 1989. Doctor of Philosophy, University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1993.
Visiting assistant professor Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, College Station, 1993—1995, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 1995—1996. Professor East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, since 1996, assistant professor, 1996—2000, associate professor, since 2000.
Member of North Carolina Literature and History Association (executive board 1997—2006), Society for Study of Southern Literature.