Bachelor in English literature summa cum laude, Emory University, 1985. Master of Arts in English literature, Cornell University, 1990. Doctor of Philosophy in English literature, Cornell University, 1994.
Research and teaching assistant Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1987—1991, lecturer, 1992—1993, Ithaca College, 1993—1994. Assistant professor cinema studies Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 1994—1998. Freelance writer, since 1998.
Medical writer Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, 2001—2003. Research associate ethical and social dimensions genetics Washington University School Medicine, since 2003. Presenter in field.
Member Phi Beta Kappa.