Joseph P. A. Villescas, Ph.D. is an independent research consultant, political communication adviser, and writer. Since 2002 he has conducted extensive investigations on U.S. Latino subpopulations that explore trends in their educational development, media consumption, internet usage, voting behaviors, racial categorization, organizational capacities, entrepreneurial hybridity, and readiness for future leadership roles in community settings.
He is also the founder and owner of Villescas Research, Media & Instruction, LLC which is a private firm based in El Paso that provides an array of resources and experienced collaborators for community-oriented initiatives. Since 2007, VRMI has helped businesses, digital inclusion projects, educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns connect to predominantly Latino communities.
Joseph returned to El Paso after completing his studies to connect with local students, to reconnect with recent El Paso expatriates, and to analyze outcomes from a full spectrum of educational systems in order to share effective solutions from the borderland with other regions of the country undergoing rapid demographic change. He serves his community in several local initiatives related to border issues, digital inclusion, nonprofit collaboration, public housing, STEM pathways, postsecondary enrollment, regional filmmaking, scholarship programs, and youth leadership programs that promote civic involvement among the next generation of El Pasoans.
He is a fourth generation El Pasoan and graduated from Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas in 1996. He then obtained his B.A. in American Studies and English from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 2000; M.A. in Mass Communication Theory & Research from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002; and Ph.D. in Ethnic/Minority Issues & Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005.
Villescas Research, Media & Instruction, LLC provides an array of resources and experienced collaborators for community-oriented initiatives. Since 2007, VRMI has helped businesses, digital inclusion projects, educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns connect to predominantly Latino communities.
Although based in El Paso, Texas, several VRMI reports, productions, and collaborations are underway that target multiple border counties, communities in central Texas and the greater Chicago area as well as undergraduate and graduate student populations nationally.
- Community Outreach
- Curriculum Design
- Data Collection & Analysis
- External Evaluation Services
- Focus Groups
- Grant Support
- Nonprofit Outreach
- Political Communication
- Project Management
- Research Design