Bachelor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Master of Arts, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, New Haven, 1982.
Assistant & associate professor Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1982—1990. Associate professor University California, San Diego, 1990—1992. Professor Engllish Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1992—1997.
William lampson professor Yale University, New Haven, since 1997. Consultant Huntington Library., San Marino, California, 2001—2003, Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, since 2003, American Council Learned Societies, New York City, since 2007, Hong Kong Baptist University, since 2007, WGBH, Boston, since 2008.
Charity annuity donor Drs. Borders, New York City, 2008. Member of Modern Language Association (editorial board 2004-2006), American Studies Association, American Antiquarian Society (fellowship selection committee 2006).