Anita Maddali

Title: Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Law
Office Location: Swen Parson 199C
Office Phone: 815-753-0668
Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
M.Div., University of Chicago

Dean Maddali teaches in the areas of immigration and constitutional law. Her research explores the impact of laws and policies on immigrant families. Her articles have been published in the Indiana Law Journal, American University Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and the Brown Journal of World Affairs, and have been cited in state and federal court decisions.

Prior to joining NIU, Dean Maddali was an Equal Justice Works fellow and later clinical professor at Northwestern University School of Law’s Children and Family Justice Center. She represented women and unaccompanied minors fleeing persecution from Latin American, African and Middle Eastern countries. Additionally, Dean Maddali litigated education, employment discrimination and immigration cases for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and developed a poverty law clinic while working as a visiting clinical professor at DePaul University College of Law. She served as member of the Board of Directors for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights from 2015-2021 and as Vice Chair for the last three years of her term.

Dean Maddali received a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago in 2021.  As part of her studies, during the fall and winter of 2020-2021, she provided spiritual care and counseling at a hospital in Chicago to patients and their families, many of whom were experiencing loss, grief, and trauma. She culminated her studies with a thesis that explored shame in the context of illness.

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