English and Gender Studies Professor Earns Fulbright Grant to Teach in India

A Nebraska Wesleyan University English professor has been awarded a Fulbright Specialists Grant to teach in India this fall.

Gerise Herndon is professor of English, director of Nebraska Wesleyan’s Gender Studies Program and NWU’s Fulbright program advisor. She will spend six weeks at Banaras Hindu University where she will teach feminist theories, multiculturalism and identity politics.

The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development at postsecondary academic institutions across the world.

Herndon said she is interested in sharing her expertise on feminist theories and providing consultation to an international university that may not have an expert on the topic. She spent her last sabbatical in Rwanda teaching English and gender studies. This will be her first visit to India.

After lending her expertise to students and faculty in India, Herndon will bring back experiences to share with NWU students. Herndon has used Indian novels in her English classes.

“Experiences like this always enhance teaching,” she said. “It will give me a snapshot of the reality of the origins of the novels I use in class.”

Herndon has taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University since 1993.