People listening to Lana speak Spanish say that she sounds like a native, but they have a hard time placing the country. They’re always surprised to hear: “Alabama.” Born in Birmingham, Lana attended Washington University in St. Louis for an undergraduate major in International and Area Studies and a double minor in Korean and Russian (graduating summa cum laude) before completing her Master’s in Humanities at the University of Chicago. Her Master’s thesis won Harvard University’s Merle Fainsod prize. She is currently working toward her PhD in Comparative Literature at Harvard, for which she is researching diaspora and identity construction in Latin American and Israeli Jewish Literature. She teaches Spanish at Harvard College/GSAS and Harvard Divinity School. She is a three-time winner of the Derek Bok award for excellence in teaching.
In addition to her teaching fellowship at Harvard, Lana has taught in several other capacities, including as an independent tutor, an after-school Hebrew and Judaics instructor, and a conversation partner. At Harvard, she has taught several subjects beyond Spanish, including political philosophy and 20th century British literature. Lana is a published Spanish-to-English translator.
In her spare time, Lana enjoys cooking, online shopping, and playing with her baby.