Bachelor in History summa cum laude, Gordon College, 1980. Master of Arts in History, Harvard University, 1981. Master of Arts in English Literature, Bryn Mawr College, 1983.
Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature, Bryn Mawr College, 1988.
Visiting assistant professor English Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1988-1989, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, 1989-1991. Assistant professor English Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, 1991-1995, associate professor English, since 1995. Presenter in field.
Member American Association of University Women, Modern Language Association, Northeast Modern Language Association.
Married Mark Wagner, 1990.