Karen Villegas

Job title: 
BELS Fellow

Karen Villegas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Karen’s dissertation analyzes the ways in which economic and language ideologies work together to socialize aspiring U.S. citizens to be literate in a ‘neoliberal’ ideation of citizenship. The context of the study is an adult, English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship course with a focus on the social organization of the practices, the ideologies indexed in these practices, and the ensuing formations of literacies produced in these settings.  Karen received her M.A. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.