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Luciana Herman
Lecturer in Law


Luciana Herman, Lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric, teaches policy communications courses and workshops through the Policy Lab. Her teaching, research, and consulting help young policy makers, entrepreneurs, and leaders develop strong communications, advocacy, and writing skills. In addition to policy writing and communications courses at Harvard University and now at Stanford, she has also taught American literature, American Studies, and graduate pedagogy courses at the University of California, Berkeley. She helped to build the curriculum for the Harvard Kennedy School Communications Program, served as a Head Preceptor in the Harvard College Expository Writing Program, and as associate manager of Berkeley’s Freshman Composition Program.

Dr. Herman has many years of experience advising graduate students and undergraduates on their academic, professional, and personal life paths. In addition to her regular teaching and advising duties at Harvard, she served as a Senior Resident Tutor, Acting Resident Dean, and Fellowships Chair. She continues to advise both graduate students and undergraduates on fellowship opportunities for public service, leadership, research, and post-graduate study, and has coached dozens of successful applicants through the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright intensive application and interviewing processes.

Abroad, she has lived and studied 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 as a Resident Fellow at Stanford’s Otero House, a freshman dormitory, with her two lively daughters and technophile husband, Stanford law professor Phil Malone.