Dean, Irvin D. Reid Honors College
Wayne State University
Jerry Herron is Professor of English and American Studies and Founding Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University. His publications include two books, Universities and the Myth of Cultural Decline, and AfterCulture: Detroit and the Humiliation of History. His essays and critical articles have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Raritan, Social Text, Representations, Georgia Review, Antioch Review, and Harper’s. He has also written for the London Times Higher Education Supplement, Detroit News, Hour Detroit, the MetroTimes, and Playboy. He is currently finishing a book about Americans’ sense of the past: “Living With Detroit: An All-Purpose History of American Forgetting.”
Herron was born in Abilene, Texas; he received his BA (with high honors) at the University of Texas in Austin, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He holds MA and PhD degrees from Indiana University.
Since 1982 he has been a resident of downtown Detroit, a city which has provided him with a great subject to write about and an exceptional place to live.