Dr. Gromov, Mikhail

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Mikhail D. Gromov is the Assistant Professor of Literature at the United States International University in Nairobi since 2005, teaching European, African and world literature and literary theory. Before joining USIU-Africa, Dr. Gromov was an Associate Professor at Moscow University, 1992 – 2002, and a researcher and temporary lecturer at the University of Nairobi (Department of Literature) in 2003-2004.

He published a number of works on modern Swahili literature, participated in international conferences in Europe and Africa.

Current area of research interests: Literatures of Eastern and Southern Africa in English and indigenous languages, Swahili literature, comparative literature

Academic degrees:

  • 2005: Doctor of Letters in Literature, Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
  • 1993: Doctor of Philosophy in Literature, Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
  • 1989: Master of Arts in Philology (African literature and Swahili language), Moscow State Lomonosov University. Moscow.



  • Mazungumzo ya Fasihi. Interviews with Tanzanian writers. Moscow, 1998 (in Swahili)
  • Modern Swahili Literature. Moscow, 2004 (in Russian)
  • Outline of Swahili Literature (co-author). Leiden and Boston, 2009

More than 70 other publications, including book chapters and articles in refereed journals.

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

  • Eastern African literature
  • Swahili literature
  • Comparative literature


  • LIT 3340 – Myths, Rituals and Archetypes
  • LIT 3351 – Masterpieces of World Literature
  • LIT 3775 – Post-Colonial Writing in English
  • LIT 4010 – Regional Literature: South Africa
  • LIT 4785 – African Authors Seminar
  • LIT 4785 – Contemporary Literary Critical Theory
  • SWA 1000 – Beginning Swahili I
  • SWA 1001 – Beginning Swahili II
  • SWA 3000 – Advanced Swahili I
  • COM 1500 – Intercultural Communication