As the Program Director for the Law and Policy Lab, Luciana Herman works closely with faculty to develop their practicums as immersive, hands-on policy projects that train students in policy analysis to benefit real-world clients. She coordinates the activities of the Policy Lab, including operations, practicum deliverables and publications, social media, skills workshops and other programs.
In her teaching role, Dr. Herman has co-taught the Copyright Policy Lab Practicum with Professor Paul Goldstein and supports all practicums with targeted workshops and consultations to help students improve their policy analysis and communications skills. (See the Policy Communications Resources page of the Policy Lab website for information.) In addition to teaching policy writing and communications, 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 and served as a Head Preceptor in the Harvard College Expository Writing Program. She has many years of experience advising both graduate and undergraduate students on fellowship opportunities in public service, leadership, policy research, and post-graduate study.
Abroad, she has lived and studied in France, and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia. Each summer, she teaches at the Aspire Academy Romania Summer Institute, which trains young Eastern European leaders and entrepreneurs in the ethics, communications, and advocacy skills needed for principled and effective government and business.
Dr. Herman received her Ph.D. in English, with a focus on political rhetoric, from the University of California, Berkeley. Her academic interests include American political speech and party formation, racial formation, immigration policy, and the policies and speech that shaped the formation of the American republic. She is now consolidating her years of teaching policy communications into a practical writing guide for public policy.