Anna-Paden Carson is a third-year PhD candidate in Romance Studies at Duke University in the Spanish track. She specializes in the early modern Iberian world and is particularly interested in the culture of crisis, (de)colonial Spanish-American literature, and the history of the book. She is enrolled in both the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Certificate and the Certificate in College Teaching in order to help her further explore and develop her interests.
Carson graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University in 2016 with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Poverty Studies. In pursuit of this degree, she published her capstone titled "Justice for Noncitizens: A Case for Reforming the Immigration Legal System" (2017) where she argued that the immigration legal system should be relocated to the judicial branch in order to best uphold the ideals set forth by the U.S. Constitution. She then served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Tunja, Colombia and went on to cultivate her passion for teaching by completing Teach for America in Nashville, Tennessee and earning a MA in Teaching. Carson taught in secondary education for five years before returning to the classroom as a Davis Fellow for Peace in the Middlebury Spanish Language School and embarking on the pursuit of her doctorate the following fall.