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Anna FarrellAnna Farrell

Doctoral Student
Expected Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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Anna Farrell has a background in linguistics and college access. She worked for four years at College Possible, a Minnesota based nonprofit that helps low-income high school juniors and seniors gain admission to college. She decided to return to school in 2010 to explore the link between language and education. Anna earned an M.A. in CIDE and wrote her master's paper on Somali Immigrants and English Language Education in Minnesota. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in CIDE and will be completing her M.A. in linguistics in December 2013. For her linguistics master's paper, Anna will be focusing on Somali heritage language education at the University of Minnesota, and her doctoral research is concerned with language issues and citizenship in the Somali diaspora. In her free time, Anna likes reading, gardening, Irish dancing, and playing with her enormous pet rabbits.

Dissertation Topic

My dissertation research will examine the idea that English proficiency is a prerequisite for participation in society, specifically focusing on the linguistic experiences of Somali immigrants.


Farrell, A. (2013, March). Somali immigrants and English language education in the United States. Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, LA.

Revised August 2013