Born and raised in Rockford, IL.
BA in political science from Knox College, Galesburg, IL; and graduate work in political science at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (received an MA and completed all doctoral work except the dissertation).
Instructor in political science at Knox College, Galesburg, IL (1979-81) and at Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL (1981-84).
Directed the Survey Research Office at University of Illinois Springfield (formerly Sangamon State University) from 1984 until retirement in 2012.
Currently doing volunteer work at the National Park Service’s Lincoln Home Site as a docent and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.