Bachelor magna cum laude, Duke University, 1974. Master of Arts, Duke University, 1975. Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1977.
Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1984.
Assistant instructor, lecturer Princeton (New Jersey) University, 1979-1981. Assistant professor St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1982-1983. Visiting assistant professor University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1983-1984.
Lecturer history University Auckland, New Zealand, 1984-1988. Assistant professor University Montana, Missoula, 1988-1990, associate professor, since 1990. Visiting assistant professor University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1986-1987.
Member American History Association, Organisation American Historians, Southern History Association, Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association, New Zealand Association University Teachers.
Married Susan Elizabeth Bonar, May 20, 1984.