Debra Rodman

Costa Rica | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras

The Honorable Dr. Debra Rodman is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies and former Director of Women’s Studies at Randolph-Macon College. Her areas of expertise are transnational migration, gender and ethnic relations, gender-based violence, and women’s rights. As an anthropology and gender/women’s studies professor, she teaches courses on race, class, and gender, gender and economic development, immigration and refugees, and teaches community-based courses with local refugee resettlement organizations In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Rodman serves as an expert witness in federal immigration court for families fleeing violence and persecution with a focus on women, children, and LGBT individuals.

Debra Rodman has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Miami, an M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Dr. Rodman is a former Fulbright scholar and received additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A fluent Spanish speaker, she has over 20 years’ experience working in Central America and with refugee and immigrant communities in the United States.

Dr. Rodman served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2018-2020.