Bachelor, Barnard College,Columbia University, New York City, 1970. Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1977. Bachelor of science in nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, 1984.
Doctor of Philosophy, University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1997.
Visiting assistant professor Russian & German Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 1998—2004. Visiting assistant professor Russian SWSEEL Indiana University, Bloomington, 2004. Lecturer University Notre Dame, South Bend, 2005.
Assistant professor Russian & German Utah State University, Logan, 2005—2009. Assistant professor German United States Military Academy, West Point, since 2009.
Married Rolly Marks Harwell, June 29, 1972. Children: Andrei Simon children: Sofia Elena.