PhD English, Auburn University, 1988
MA English, University of Memphis, 1980
BA English and History, Freed-Hardeman University, 1978
Dr. Herring regularly teaches Freshman Composition, Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Special Topics classes ranging from the American Teenager to the Contemporary Fairy Tale. Currently Professor Herring is teaching a course in American Crime and Punishment, using familiar literature to examine this challenge to the national mythology of innocence and regeneration. Herring has taught composition and literature for more than 30 years, including summer lectureships in the American Studies Graduate Program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. In addition to modern studies, her areas of interest and research include American literature, Victorian literature, women's literature, southern literature, popular culture, and film. Dr. Herring enjoys fine cuisine, fashion, music, travel, and sitting on the porch in her favorite rocking chair with a mug (from her extensive collection) of coffee Her office is a UC landmark--her own museum of the mind, repository of student memorabilia, and tribute to the curiosities of popular culture.
FACULTY EXPERTISE: Modern Literature