Niven Herro

Contact Information

photo of Niven Herro111-A Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-4105


Visiting Assistant Professor
Global and Intercultural Studies (Asian/Asian American Studies)


PhD, University of Cincinnati
MA, Seton Hall University 
BA, Wagner College


Dr. Herro teaches courses in variety of topics related to American Ethnic Cultural and Literary Studies, and Transnational Feminist and Literary Studies. She has also taught a number of writing courses.


Dr. Herro is a scholar of literary and cultural studies. Her current research focuses on Arab American and Asian American literature and culture. She is particularly interested in studying the way language and community function within these literatures. More broadly, Dr. Herro explores the literary productions of different ethnic American groups, and highlights the ways in which their experiences intersect and mirror one another. Dr. Herro hopes that her comparative approach to literary studies creates spaces for coalition building amongst different ethnic American groups. 

In addition to her work in American ethnic literary and cultural studies, Dr. Herro is also a scholar of transnational feminist literature, specifically that of Anglophone African and Caribbean women writers.


Dr. Herro is currently a member of the planning committee for the 2019 MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) Conference, and is looking forward to bringing together scholars of ethnic American literature from across the world to Cincinnati for the 2019 annual conference.

Other Activities

In addition to her teaching, Dr. Herro has also served as an advisor to students applying for competitive national and international grants like the Fulbright U.S. Student Award and the Rhodes Scholarship.