Esther Villegas-Sandoval

Esther Villegas-Sandoval

Adjunct Faculty, Sociology



Professor Villegas-Sandoval earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology from California State University, Northridge.  Her thesis explored the experiences of undocumented immigrant youth as they pursue post-secondary education and employment prospects after graduation, as well as the emotional implications that come with an undocumented identity.  Esther hopes that her research will add to the growing literature on undocumented college students and encourage individuals to review the current policies that affect our undocumented community. 

Esther has worked extensively with non-profit organizations and non-public agencies providing direct services to at-risk youth, low income families, and children with developmental disabilities. 

Currently, she enjoys broadening the Sociological Imagination of her students, cooking, and planning vacations.