Anna joined the Communication Studies Department in the fall of 2014. Her primary research interests lie in early American public address, particularly the rhetoric of 19th century women's and African American rights movements. Her dissertation examines the transnational rhetoric of Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, and members of the Women's Congress at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Previously, Anna graduated with an M.A. from Colorado State University and a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, both in Communication Studies.
Anna received the top student paper award from the Kenneth Burke Society at the Southern States Communication Association Conference for her essay entitled, "Rejecting the 'New South': Ida B. Wells’s New Moral Order for Civil Rights."