James Herron is Director of the Harvard Writing Project and has taught at Harvard since 2004.  At Harvard he has taught courses on Latin American history and culture, the anthropology of race, social class, capitalism, "the culture of the market," ethnographic and qualitative research methods, and anthropological linguistics. Herron has held research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.


  • Racial ideology; social class
  • Anthropological theory; social theory; philosophy of social science; political economy
  • Linguistic anthropology; pragmatics; social interaction; language acquisition
  • Writing pedagogy; literacy; English language pedagogy
  • Andes; Colombia; Latin America


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2003

Ph.D., Anthropology; Subfields: Ethnology and Linguistic Anthropology


University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1993

M.A., Cultural Anthropology


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1990

A.B. with Distinction, Philosophy and Anthropology