Francisco Villegas

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: Dewing Hall 309F

Phone: 269.337.7122



  • PhD, Sociology in Education, Ontario Institute For Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
  • MA, Mexican American Studies, San Jose State University
  • BA, Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine

Professional Experience

2014-2016, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Scarborough

Areas of Specialization

  • Immigration
  • Race
  • Membership/Citizenship
  • Deportability
  • Illegalization

Dr. Francisco Villegas


Villegas, J. F. & Brady, J. (Eds.) (2019). Critical Schooling: Transformative Theory and Practice. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan

Villegas, J. F. & Brady, J. (2019). Continuing important conversations: an introduction. In Villegas, J. F & Brady, J. (Eds.) Critical Schooling: Transformative Theory & Practice. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 1-20

Villegas, J. F. (2019). Active communities and practices of resistance: A brief history of school as border zones and resistance in Toronto. In Villegas, J. F & Brady, J. (Eds.) Critical Schooling: Transformative Theory & Practice. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 175-199

Villegas, J. F. & Villegas, P. E. (2019). Bordered lives: an autoethnography of transnational precarity. In Hurd, E. (Ed.) The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege: Auto-ethnographic collections of mixed identity. Boston, MA: Brill Sense. 175-190

Villegas, J. F. (2018). “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: Examining the illegalization of undocumented students in Toronto, Canada. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 39, (8), 1111-1125

Villegas, J. F., Morales, A., Munoz, E., Brown, S., Butler, M., Chung, P. Lal, N., Williams, K. (2017). The Kalamazoo County ID: Recognizing a need and addressing the barriers. (pp. 1-33). Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo County ID Taskforce.

Villegas, F. J. (2017). Access without fear!: Reconceptualizing “access” to schooling for undocumented students in Toronto. Critical Sociology 43, (7-8), 1179-1195.

Aberman, T., Villegas F. J., Villegas, P. E. (Eds.) (2016). Seeds of hope: creating a future in the shadows. Toronto: FCJ Refugee Centre

Villegas, F. J. (2014). Prescribed lack: The prevalence and dangers of deficiency theories to explain the Latina/o schooling experience in Toronto. Latin American Encounters, 2, p. 40-50

Villegas, F. J. (2013). Getting to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell at the Toronto District School Board: Mapping the competing discourses of rights and membership of stakeholders. In Goldring L. & Landolt, P. Producing and Negotiating Precarious Legal Status in Canada. University of Toronto Press.

Villegas, F. J. (2010), Strategic in/visibility and undocumented migrants. In George Dei & Marlon Simmons, Fanon and education: Thinking Through Pedagogical Possibilities. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group.