Law School Certified, University de la Republica Oriental, Uruguay, 1975. Business activity statement magna cum laude, University Toledo, 1976. Master of Arts in Spanish, Ohio State University, 1978.
Doctor of Philosophy in Latin American Literature, Ohio State University, 1983.
Professor, Universidad del Trabajo, Montevideo, 1974-1975; teaching associate, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1976-1981; assistant professor Latin American literature, U. Notre Dame, 1982-1989; associate professor, U. Notre Dame, since 1989; director graduate studies, U. Notre Dame, since 1989. Invited scholar Spanish School of Middlebury (Vermont) College, 1990.
Member Modern Language Association, Latin American Studies Association, Midwest/Modern Language Association, National Women's Studies Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Delta Pi.
Married Timothy James Williams, April 10, 1976. 1 child, Ximena Williams-Olivera.