Anna Rodell



Germantown, Tennessee


B.A. with honors in Latin American Studies, Rhodes College


Immigration, multicultural education, bilingualism, Latino/a studies, human rights, cultural anthropology


Anna’s interest in immigration stemmed from work she conducted for a Memphis-area immigration attorney. She had the opportunity to spend several days volunteering at the South Texas Family Residential Center interviewing asylum seekers to begin their cases, as well as to work directly on a successful asylum case. She continued to work in immigration law offices over the course of her undergraduate career in Memphis. She also designed and carried out a research project through the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies in which she assessed the needs of Hispanic children in Shelby County Elementary Schools through interviews with school administrators, teachers, former students, and non-profit workers. She carried this interest in education into her senior year, working as a fellow with Memphis Cartonera, a book-making workshop aimed at promoting literacy and building community through the dispersion of free, beautiful, handcrafted books. Anna is excited to be joining the MALAS program and bringing the vision of the cartonera to Gainesville.