She has a PhD in the Social and Intellectual History of Europe from Columbia University and has taught history and women’s studies in places as diverse as Hungary, Tuscany, the University of New Mexico, and Harvard Divinity School. Her longest stint was at the University of Oregon, where she was the founding director of women’s studies.
Cézanne’s Quarry is her first novel. Barbara’s next book, The Blood of Lorraine, hersecond Bernard Martin mystery,is set in another place she has grown to love, Nancy, France.
Barbara was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Eugene, Oregon after taking early retirement from the University of Oregon to pursue her career as a novelist.