Bachelor in English, Seattle University, 1961. Master of Arts in Latin, University California, Berkeley, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy in Classics, Stanford University, 1977.
Visiting assistant professor, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, 1976-1977; lecturer, University of California at Los Angeles, 1977-1978; assistant professor, Northern Illinois U., DeKalb, 1979-1985; associate professor, chair department, Northern Illinois U., DeKalb, 1985-1991; professor, head department classics, U. Arizona, Tucson, since 1991. Visiting associate professor of University Texas, Austin, spring 1989, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, fall 1989.
Member American Philological Association, Classical Association of Midwest and South, Illinois Classical Conference (president 1984-1986), Women's Classical Caucus (co-chair 1979-1981), Vergilian Society (trustee 1984-1987).
Married Ronald Frank Skinner, March 22, 1969. 1 child, Daniel.