Bachelor, University Oregon, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, The Johns Hopkins University, 1978.
Assistant professor Spanish Washington University, St. Louis. Assistant professor English Illinois State University, Normal, 1982—1983, from associate professor to professor Spanish, 1983—1997. Corporation desktop support supervisor United States Cellular Corporation, Chicago, 1998—1999.
Information technical director The Newberry Library., 1999—2003. Professor Spanish DePaul University, since 2003. Visiting professor history and Spanish St. Xavier University, Chicago, 2000.
Visiting professor comparative literature University Iowa, Iowa City, 1990.
President Independence Park Advisory Council, Chicago, 2000—2003. Member of Illinois Medieval Association (executive secretary since 2005), Midwest Modern Language Association, Modern Language Association American.
Married Anne Clark Bartlett, November 19, 1960. Children: Matthew Augustine Johnston-Urey, Benjamin Gregory Johnston-Urey.