Abel Rodríguez, JD ('01)
Director, Center on Immigration
Assistant Professor of Religion, Law, and Social Justice
Abel Rodríguez ('01) is Director of the Center on Immigration and Assistant Professor of Religion, Law, and Social Justice at Cabrini University. His scholarship, teaching, and advocacy focus on migrant justice. He is an expert and frequent speaker on immigration policy and the intersection of criminal and immigration law.
Prior to Cabrini, Rodríguez held a split position as the immigration specialist at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and staff attorney at Nationalities Service Center, where he advised and represented noncitizen clients facing deportation. He also worked as the Langer, Grogan, and Diver Social Justice Fellow at Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, where he represented individuals with disabilities and older adults in their immigration matters. He has taught the immigration clinic at Temple University Law School, political science at La Salle University, and Spanish language at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rodríguez earned a Juris Doctor at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Cabrini College.
As the son of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, raised in a working-class community near Cabrini, he is delighted to be on the faculty of his alma mater, an institution dedicated to social justice and named for the patroness of immigrants.