Anna Ferris, MSW, LSW
Refugee/asylum seeker/asylee integration
Social work and forced displacement
Anna is a second-year PhD student at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Her research interests include refugee resettlement policy, policies that impact refugee integration in host countries, and social work with forcibly displaced persons. Her most recent work explores the role of civic engagement in the resettlement of Afghan evacuees in the US and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of volunteering and donations, focusing on how refugee and immigrant social services were affected. Anna earned a BSW from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Anna was a practicing social worker for over five years with experience in refugee resettlement and education. Anna also volunteered at Project Hope Palestine in Nablus, Palestine, where she served Palestinian youth in Nablus, nearby villages, and the refugee camps.