Research/Areas of Interest:
U.S. Literature and Race Studies
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, United States, 1974
MA, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, United States, 1966
BA, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, United States, 1964
B.A., M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1964, 1966; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1974; part-time and adjunct teaching positions at various institutions before coming to Tufts in 1976 as an Assistant Professor; Dean for Arts and Humanities at Tufts 1994-96; Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature at Tufts, 1996 to the present; Chair of the English Department, 1991-1994; Director of the First-Year Writing Program at Tufts, 1998-2003; Director of Graduate Studies, 2015-2019; numerous departmental and university committees, including Tenure and Promotion and co-chair of the Equal Educational Opportunity Committee; recipient of Mellon, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Association of University Women faculty fellowships; Phi Beta Kappa; recipient of Tufts University Multicultural Service Award, 1996; Fulbright Lecturer in Japan, summer 2003, giving lectures in Tokyo and Kyoto on American literature; WISE Speaker, England, summer 2006; Outstanding Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award 2011.