Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Lana attended Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in International and Area Studies with a double minor in Korean and Russian. She graduated summa cum laude, going on to pursue a Master’s in Humanities at the University of Chicago and subsequently entering the PhD program in Comparative Literature at Harvard. Her Master’s thesis won Harvard University’s Merle Fainsod prize, and she is currently working on a dissertation focused on diaspora 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 Harvard’s 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.