1981-1987 Ph. D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. Twentieth Century American Literature. Area of special study, Southern women writers.
1975 M.Ed. Media Arts, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. Special emphasis in film and audio production.
1967-70. Bachelor of Arts, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
1989-90. Earhart Foundation research grant for travel and research upon ante-bellum women writers who were born and educated in the North, but who lived a substantial part of their adult lives in the South, and wrote about their time in the South. 1987. Charleston Cultural and Scientific Education Foundation. Research grant for travel to libraries in New York, Washington, and California for the purpose of collecting correspondence between Elizabeth Allston Pringle and Frederic Bancroft, Owen Wister, and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. 1986. Fellowship to the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. Two week seminar sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives, Washington, D.C. Held at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. 1985-86. Richard M. Weaver Fellowship. Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Bryn Mawr, PA. 1985-87. William Gilmore Simms Fellowship, University of South Carolina.