Bachelor, Central Connecticut State, New Britain, 1965. Master of Arts, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1972.
Instructor College Our Lady Of Elms, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 1971—1973. Assistant professor Westfield State College, 1973—1975. Professor Arizona State University, 1975—2004, founding director, womens studies, 1977—1980, professor emeritus, since 2004.
Visiting faculty AIFS, London, 1987—1988. Senior lecturer CIES Fulbright, Granada, Spain, 1994, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2000. Senior editor JRLA, Riverside, California, 2001—2008.
Theater education delegate People To People International, South Africa, 1998. Member of RMMLA.
Married Jon Richard, October 21, 1995. Married Raymond James Shinn, September 19, 1961 (divorced September 1966). Children: Ramona Sue Ferrara, Rebecca Sharon John, Joseph Raymond Shinn, James Malcolm Shinn, Rachel Sarah Shinn.