Bachelor, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University North Carolina, 1983.
Lecturer University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979-1981. Assistant professor English, Centre College, 1981-1987, associate professor, 1988-1996, Jobson professor English, since 1997. Visiting professor Regents College, London, 1991-1992.
Chairman humanities program Centre College, Danville, 1987-1990.
(Part of the Southern Literary Studies.)
Member Society for Study Southern Literature.
Married Amanda Hansen, November 4, 1978. Children: Will Armstrong, Sarah Davis.