Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (1989) is a writer from Ecuador. In 2020 she published, “The Undocumented Americans,” which was among Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2020, it was also a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Writing for The New York Times, Caitlin Dickerson called the book “captivating and evocative.” Cornejo graduated from Harvard in 2011, becoming the first undocumented immigrant to do so. She was an Emerson Collective fellow, and as of September 2020 is a Ph.D. candidate in the American studies program at Yale. Her articles have been published in The Atlantic, Elle, Glamour, n+1, The New Republic, The New York Times, and Vogue.

Videos

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio on “The Undocumented Americans”

Uploaded to Youtube 2021. Yale University.

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio on Kids in Cages and the Long-term Impact

Uploaded to Youtube 2021


Personal life

Cornejo Villavicencio lives in New Haven with her partner, Talya Zemach-Bersin.

Pictures

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio as a student at Harvard, circa 2010.
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio as a student at Harvard, circa 2010.
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio giving a reading from her book The Undocumented Americans
Harman Writer-in-Residence Karla Cornejo Villavicencio gave a reading from her acclaimed book The Undocumented Americans at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences of Baruch College, New York City, Fall 2021.

Works

The Undocumented Americans (2020)

The Undocumented Americans

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