Bachelor in English, Beijing Institute Foreign Languages, 1977. Master of Arts in English Literature, Brigham Young University, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 1989.
Assistant professor Ohio State University, Columbus, 1988-1994, associate professor, since 1995. Mellon research fellow Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1990-1991.
Member American Association Chinese Comparative Literature (founding president), Phi Kappa Phi.