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Luciana Herman, Lecturer in Public Policy, teaches policy writing, political rhetoric, and public speaking courses. Her teaching, research, and consulting help young policy makers, entrepreneurs, and leaders develop strong communications, advocacy, and writing skills. In addition to writing courses, she has also taught American literature, American Studies, and graduate pedagogy courses at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as associate manager of Berkeley’s Freshman Composition Program and as a Head Preceptor in the Harvard College Expository Writing Program.
Dr. Herman has many years of experience advising undergraduates on their academic, professional, and personal life paths at Quincy, Cabot, and Mather Houses, Harvard College, where she has served as a Senior Resident Tutor, Acting Resident Dean, and now as faculty in residence. She continues to advise both graduate students and undergraduates on fellowship opportunities for public service, leadership, research, and post-graduate study, and has successfully coached dozens through the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright intensive application and interviewing processes.
Abroad, she has lived and worked in France, and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia. She currently teaches at the Aspire Academy Romania Summer Institute, which trains young Eastern European leaders and entrepreneurs in communications and advocacy skills with the goal of innovating next-generation government and business.
Dr. Herman’s academic interests include American political speech and party formation, racial formation, immigration policy, and the policies and public speech that shaped the American revolutionary and Federalist periods. Raised in Arizona, Dr. Herman follows Southwest politics with a particular interest in the political realignments associated with immigration and the rise of the new west. Dr. Herman began her career in communications with the National Water Alliance, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, research think tank that advised congressional legislators on water policy. At the NWA, she wrote speeches for congressional members, researched and reported on new developments in water policy and environmental remediation, and helped to organize national symposia. Dr. Herman then earned her PhD in English, with a focus on political rhetoric, at the University of California, Berkeley. She is now working on a writing manual for public policy makers and completing a book on the impact of the Haitian Revolution on early American party formation, immigration policy, and political speech. She lives in the midst of undergraduate life at Mather House, Harvard College, with her lively daughters and technophile husband, law professor Phil Malone.