Gerise Herndon, Ph.D.

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Gerise Herndon, Ph.D.

Professor of English
cgh [at]

Old Main 119

MWF 3:30-4:00

Tuesday 2-4

Thursday 2-3

(402) 465-2347

Are you willing to make some mistakes? To get better, that's what it takes. --Jana Stanfield

After finishing my BA in southern Missouri, I crossed the Atlantic to teach conversational English to French high school students. Graduate school drew me to Austin, Texas.

I spent my first sabbatical in Cuba and the Caribbean, my second in France and then in Rwanda teaching English and Gender Studies. My most recent sabbatical involved research and presentations in Haiti, France, and India.

1986-1993 Ph.D., Comparative Literature - University of Texas at Austin
1981-1985 B.A., English, French - Drury University, Springfield MO

New courses designed and implemented:

Haiti Education Exchange (summer study abroad with Rev. Eduardo Bousson)

Rwanda: Genocide and Beyond (summer study abroad taught with Dr. Rangira Béa Gallimore)

Rwandan Culture Through Film and Literature, Postcolonial and Global Literatures, Women Writing Across Cultures, Gender and the Art of Film, International Cinema, Feminist Research, Gender Studies Internship, Women and Social Change in Mexico (winter term study abroad, taught w/ colleagues in Spanish), Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (in French), French Feminisms (team-taught with colleague in Philosophy)

Archway Seminars (for first-year students):
Mission Impossible? International Relations withou Paternalism; Liberating Identities: Gender and Sexuality in International Contexts; Border Thinking: Transnationalism and Migration through Digital Storytelling; Transnational Queer Cinema; Peace Warriors; Beyond Blood Diamond: Cinematic Representations of Africa; Women in Film, Cinema in Drag; Interpreting Film and Literature; Culture, Ethnicity & Film; The US Image Abroad; Visual Imperialism (Citizens as Consumers, Education as Media); Identity in Alternative Texts; Citizens Against Apathy.

Other courses taught:
Perspectives in Gender, Feminist Research, Introduction to Women’s Studies, African American Literature, English Composition Pedagogy Practicum, Studies in Nonfiction Prose, Ways of Reading, Introduction to Textual Studies (literary theory), English Senior Workshop, National Prestige Scholarships

African American Literature, MWF 2-3:10 OM 123

Perspectives in Gender, TTh 12-1:40 OM 109

National Prestige Scholarships, Th 3-3:50 OM 208

Gender Studies Internship, OM 119


Women's power in Rwanda, African and Caribbean cinema, literature of migration

Surviving Genocide, Thriving in Politics: Rwandan Women's Power

Emerging Perspectives on Maryse Condé

"The Antenna and the Mosque: Liberatory Mass Media in Moolaadé"

"Returns to Native Lands, Reclaiming the Other's Language"

Grant-funded Research:
Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant with Cassandra Ndahiro, "Women of Integrity: Equality, Justice, Reconciliation," Kigali June 2014
Student-Faculty Collaborative Research grant, Faculty advisor to Meera Bhardwaj, “Rwanda’s Governmental Transformation” Kigali and Butare, Rwanda, July 2009
Student-Faculty Collaborative Research grant, Faculty advisor to Women’s Studies major Lyndie Christensen: “Social Services, Safety Nets and Governmental Indifference: Non-governmental Organizations and Support for the Poor in Mexico,” on-site research in Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2007
Service Learning Grant, Nebraska Consortium for Service Learning: service with Lincoln Literacy Council in first-year seminar, “As Others See Us: The US Image Abroad,” 2006

Asian Community and Cultural Center

Released and Restored, Nebraska Correctional Center for Women

YWCA, Social and Racial Justice Committee
Middle East/North Africa Hope, Good Neighbor Community Center
Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln Literacy
Voices of Hope
Lancaster County Youth Services Center


2018 Faculty Scholarship Presentation Award (NWU)
2013 Faculty Advocate for Diversity (NWU)
2012 Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach feminist theories at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
2005 Margaret J. Prouty Teaching Award (NWU)
2005 White Award for Internationalization (NWU)
2003 Alice Paul Award, Lincoln-Lancaster County Women’s Commission, in recognition of service to women in the community

Professional Certifications:

Nia White Belt (2017), Blue Belt (2018), Green Belt (2018); Nia Moving to Heal instructor (2017)
ESL Tutor Training: Certification in English as a Second Language & Basic Literacy, Lincoln Literacy Council, Lincoln NE, 2007

Professional Organizations:
Rwanda Association of University Women
African Literature Association
Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars
American Association of University Professors
National Women’s Studies Association