Anne Cardenas

Global Wales Postgraduate Award, Swansea University - Oral History

Anne, of Valrico, Florida, is an oral historian and audio producer. After graduating from Florida State University in 2011, Anne worked in the Obama White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, responding to letters and gifts sent to the First Family. At the Department of Homeland Security, she coordinated the Secretary’s travel and briefed him during domestic and international trips, including an eye-opening visit to a refugee camp on the Turkey-Syria border. Anne’s lifelong love for history and interest in human rights and storytelling led her to the field of Oral History. Fuelled by her passion to record and preserve important stories, Anne received her Master of Arts degree in Oral History from Columbia University in 2020. At Swansea University, Anne will be working toward a Masters by Research in History. She will be conducting oral history interviews with Kindertransport survivors who settled in Wales prior to World War II and researching the history of the Kindertransport in Wales. She is honored to help archive and preserve this piece of Welsh history. When she’s not interviewing, Anne is looking forward to exploring the legendary walking trails in the Welsh countryside and finding her favorite local pub.