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. As Director of the Center on Immigration, he facilitates educational forums, fosters interdisciplinary research among scholars, and engages university communities in advocacy related to migrant rights.
Prior to Cabrini, Professor 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.
As the son of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, raised in a working-class community near Cabrini, Rodríguez is delighted to be on the faculty of his alma mater, an institution dedicated to social justice and named for the patroness of immigrants.
Rodríguez earned a juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard University, Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Cabrini College.