Master of Arts in English, Warsaw University, 1967. Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, State University of New York, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature, State University of New York, 1973.
Assistant professor State University of New York, Binghamton, 1973—1974, Empire State College, Buffalo, since 1974, professor comparative literature, since 1991. Visiting assistant professor Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1976—1977. Visiting associate professor University Buffalo, 1988, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York City, 1990—1991.
Member advisory artistic council Irish Classical Theatre, Buffalo, since 2000. Member advisory council Humanities Institute University Buffalo, since 2006. Visiting professor Slavic department University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, since 2007.
Member of Polish Institute Arts & Sciences, Polish-Jewish Studies Association, American Association Slavic Studies, Polish Arts Club (board directors 1994, 2001-2003, chair programs committee 1999—2003).
Married Czeslaw Zygmunt Prokopczyk, February 21, 1970 (divorced April 1992). Children: Hanna, Benjamin.