Bachelor, Alfred University, 1962. Master of Arts, University Rochester, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1968.
Assistant professor, Marquette U., Milwaukee, 1967-1969; coadjutant, Rutgers University, Newark and New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1969-1993; coordinator undergraduate public history internships, Rutgers University, Newark and New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1992-1994; assistant professor, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, 1980-1989; assistant professor, Seton Hall U., South Orange, New Jersey, since 1993.
Chair New Jersey Studies Academy Alliance, since 1992, board Advocates for New Jersey History. Advisory board New Jersey State Historic Records, 1997. Member Organization American Historians, American History Association, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archive Conference, New Jersey History Communications.
Married Jonathan Lurie. Children: David, Deborah, Daniel.