Dr. Francisco A. Villarruel

University Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow; Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
East Lansing, Michigan
United States

Focus Areas

Youth Development
Youth Development


Francisco A. Villarruel is a University Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow and Associate Chair and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. Villarruel is recognized nationally for his research and policy work that focuses on Latino youth and juvenile justice systems reform as well as youth development. Villarruel has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters, edited 7 books, and coauthored 8 state or national policy reports. He is co-author of the nation’s first report that focuses on analysis of disproportionate and disparate treatment of Latino and Latina youth by the U.S. justice system. The report, entitled ¿Dónde Está la Justicia? A Call to Action on Behalf of Latino and Latina Youth in the U.S. Justice System as well as the recently published report that examines the waiver of Latino youth to adult systems entitled America’s invisible children: Latino youth and the failure of justice.