Faculty Teaching Achievement Award

Associate professor, Department of Political Science; Department of Political Science Distinguished Teaching Award; School of Politics and Global Studies Outstanding Teaching Award.


A valued member of ASU’s School of Politics and Global Studies for 30 years, Herrera has excelled on every level of his career as an educator. On standard measures such as student evaluations, Herrera has received high marks from his students. 

“These evaluations are even more impressive given the size of his classes, which often include almost 300 students,” says Kim Fridkin, Foundation Professor of Political Science.

Herrera approaches political science education with enthusiasm and innovation. He played a leading role in developing the School of Politics and Global Studies Early Start program in 2014 and has continually improved the program each year. His evaluation research of the program showed that it significantly improved participants’ academic preparedness and increased their retention. Herrera is also an instructor for ASU’s Learn Explore Advance Design (LEAD) program. The program ensures that ASU resources are available for students from a variety of majors to enhance their academic and personal success.

Herrera has also developed undergraduate programs in the School of Politics and Global Studies. When he oversaw the Capital Scholars Washington D.C. Summer Internship Program from 2004 through 2019, he enhanced students’ learning opportunities and was instrumental in obtaining scholarships to help undergraduate students fund their internship experience. He was also the first ASU coordinator of the McCain Institute D.C. internship program from 2014 to 2017. In 2018, Herrera created a new study abroad program in Ireland called the Politics and Culture of Ireland. 

In addition to his accomplishments as a professor, Herrera has contributed articles to the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly and Public Opinion Quarterly. He is also a co-author of a popular textbook on American politics called Gateways to Democracy, now in its fifth edition.