Ludmila Hyman

Ludmila Hyman

Assistant Teaching Professor, English

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After completing a Ph.D. in rhetoric at CMU, Hyman did research on the founders of cultural psychology, L.S. Vygotsky and A. R. Luria, at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Now in Qatar, Hyman continues this work in a more practical way by investigating cultural aspects of leadership and communication and teaching these subjects across cultures.  


Ph.D., Rhetoric, Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University

M.A., Organizational Psychology, William James College (Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology)

M.A., Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Department of English, University of Texas at El Paso

Candidate of Philology, Germanic Philology, Moscow State M.V. Lomonosov University

Diploma of Higher Education with Honors, Department of Romance and Germanic Philology, Faculty of Philology, Moscow State M.V. Lomonosov University


Area Of Expertise




Research Description

Hyman's research focuses on the cultural psychology of leadership. In Qatar, she conducts qualitative interviews with leaders to understand what skill set leaders need in order to succeed in leading present-day multicultural organizations. She is particularly interested in understanding what skills, needs, and values are specific to Qatari leaders and should be integrated in teaching leadership to university students in Qatar. 

Research Keywords

leadership; culture; psychology; values


Hyman, L. (2016). Gorbachev’s Argument for Perestroika: Forgotten or Remembered? 2015 Alta Conference Selected Works. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis. 

Hyman, L. (2014). The leader as a strategist: Teaching the skill set for building a future. In C. Coombe, B. Wiens, P. Davidson, & K. Cedro (Eds.), Perspectives on student leadership development (pp. 120-133). Dubai: TESOL Arabia. 

Hyman, L. (2012). Vygotsky’s Crisis: Argument, context, relevance. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, 43(2), 473-782.


Courses Taught

76-373 Argument

76-324 Topics in Rhetoric: Rhetoric and Leadership 

76-294 Interpretive Practices 

76-101 Interpretation and Argument 

76-100 Reading and Writing in an Academic Context