Bachelor, Austin College, 1971. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, Rice University, 1988.
Director clinic services Planned Parenthood, Austin, 1978-1980. Research associate The Handbook of Texas, Galveston and Austin, 1986-1989. Research associate Centennial History Project University Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1986-1989.
Lecturer University Texas, Austin, 1990—1995, since 1998, assistant dean academy advising College Liberal Arts, 2000—2004. Core curriculum task force University Texas, Austin, 2005. Faculty College Board/Advanced Placement Institute, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, 1991-1993.
Member citizen's advisory board to Austin Indiana School District Board Trustees, 1994-1995. Member Commission on Status of Women, 1975-1976. Co-founder Austin Center for Battered Women, 1986-1977.
Member American Association of University Professors, American History Association, Southern History Association, Southern Association Women's Historians, National Women's Studies Association, National Women's Health Network, National Academy Advisory Association, National Abolition Rights Action League, Texas Abolition Rights Action League, Amnesty International.
Married Gregory John Cantrell, June 28, 1980. 1 child, Ellen Seaholm Cantrell.