Elizabeth Herman

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PhD Candidate, Political Science

Elizabeth D. Herman is a Boston-born researcher and journalist currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She spent 2011 in Bangladesh as a Fulbright Fellow, researching how politics influence the writing of national histories in textbooks. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked for as a freelance photo and written journalist for a number of national and international news outlets, based in New York and reporting from both home and abroad. For the past five years she has been working on A Woman’s War, an oral history and documentary photography project examining the lives of women who have served in conflict worldwide, taking the work to six countries on four continents. Elizabeth also serves as a journalism and documentary filmmaking instructor at NuVu Studios, teaching intensive, hands-on workshops to middle school and high school students in Boston, Massachusetts and Mumbai, India.

Elizabeth graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics in 2010. While at Tufts she received Highest Thesis Honors in Political Science for her research on representations of 9/11 in history textbooks worldwide. She currently serves on the Student Advisory Board of Tufts Institute for Global Leadership’s new Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice, founded and directed by Gary Knight.

Her research and photography have been featured in The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, Newsweek Japan, GlobalPost, NPR, Jezebel, and The Daily Beast, among others. 

Area of interest:

International Relations; South Asia; Political Behavior


PhD Candidate, Poli Sci

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UC Berkeley
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