B.A. Carleton College 1972
M.A. University of Illinois 1974
Ph.D. University of Illinois 1979

Academic interests

African-American literature, women's fiction, British Victorian fiction, and multicultural American literature


Fellow, Andrew White Society for the Humanities (Cornell University) 1988-89;
Outstanding Woman Faculty Leader at IUPUI, 2005


Toni Morrison (Greenwood 1998), Claiming the Heritage: African American Women Novelists and History (University Press of Mississippi 1991);
articles in African American Review, MelusCLA Journal and Frontiers


Advisory Board Member, African American Review and MELUS: Minority and Ethnic Literature of the United States