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.
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio on “The Undocumented Americans”
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio on Kids in Cages and the Long-term Impact
Cornejo Villavicencio lives in New Haven with her partner, Talya Zemach-Bersin.
The Undocumented Americans (2020)