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Adriana Villavicencio, Ph. D.

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is a Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Villavicencio is a recent alumna of New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where she studied education leadership and policy. Before joining the Research Alliance, Dr. Villavicencio's research focused on charter schools and the impact of choice policies on students, families, and schools. Using cross-case analyses of New York City charter schools, Dr. Villavicencio has investigated how charter school enrollment - in terms of race, socioeconomic status, English language proficiency, and special education designation - is affected by state policy, school-level practices, and parent choice. 

Dr. Villavicencio is the co-author of "School Context and Charter School Achievement: A Framework for Understanding the Performance ‘Black Box'" (Peabody Journal of Education, 2009), and a contributor to Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal (2009).She has also presented her research on charter schools at conferences held by the American Educational Research Association and the University Council for Educational Administration. She currently serves as a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education, based at New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.

Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Dr. Villavicencio served as a department chair at a charter high school in Oakland, California, and as an English teacher in Brooklyn, New York, and worked on the development of a new school in Bangalore, India. She also serves on the board of directors for the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University. Dr. Villavicencio holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University, an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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