Bachelor, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, 1987. Master of Arts, Florida State, Tallahassee, 1990. Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State, Tallahassee, 1995.
Adjunct instructor history Tallahassee Community College, Florida, 1991—1995. Assistant professor history Chowan College, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, 1995—1998. Associate professor history Louisiana College, Pineville, 1998—2007, Daytona State College, Palm Coast, Florida, since 2007.
Member of Florida Association Community Colleges, Florida History Society, Society Historians American Foreign Relations, Organization American Historians.
Married Michael James Birkhead, February 14, 2008.