- Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, English and American Literature (1976)
- M.A., University of Notre Dame (1970)
- B.A., Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana (1969)
Research and Teaching Interests
- Southern literature
- 19th and 20th century American literature
- literature by and about women
- Editor of Conversations with Audre Lorde. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2004.
- “Janisse Ray.” American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies. Supplement XVIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage, 2009. 189-206.
- “‘Everybody’s Talking’: Anna Deavere Smith’s Documentary Theatre.” Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. New York: Routledge, 2007. 150-66.
- Shirley Jackson: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1993.