Bachelor magna cum laude, The American University, Washington, 1973. Master of Arts, The American University, Washington, 1975. Master of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, 1980.
Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York City, 1984.
Assistant professor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1982-1986;
visiting assistant professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1986-1988;
assistant professor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1988-1990;
associate professor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, since 1990. General assistant Columbia University Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian and East European History and Culture, 1979-1981. Adjunct instructor Russian Rutgers University, Newark, 1982.
Preceptor and instructor Russian, Columbia University, 1980-1982. Acting instructor Russian Yale University, 1982-1984. Head of instruction Yale Russian and Slavic Summer Language Institute, 1984-1986.
Panelist, lecturer on Russian and Slavic poets at conversations and meetings of national and international organizations.
Member American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies, American Association Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, American Association Ukrainian Studies (vice president), Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Roxanne Robak. 1 child Liliana Marika.