Roberto Villaseca, PhD Candidate


Roberto Villaseca graduated from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile with a degree in industrial management. He earned two postgraduate degrees, in university pedagogy and college management, from the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación in Chile. He has a master’s degree in education from the same university. Roberto did doctoral studies in education at the Aconcagua University in Santiago, Chile, specializing in assessment and accreditation, and is pursuing a doctorate in Latin American culture and education at Arcis University in Santiago, Chile. He has held academic assignments at the Universidad Arcis, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and Universidad de Chile and has served as the academic coordinator of the Faculty of Engineering at the Universidad Bolivariana.

He has been academic director of this program since 2009, but his experience with SIT dates back to 2001 when he was academic coordinator of the Globalization and Economic Development program and the Advanced Field Research summer program. In these roles, he analyzed intercultural bilingual education in Mapuche territory and intercultural education with immigrant populations in Santiago and Buenos Aires to understand the relationship between intercultural education, human rights, popular education, gender and immigrant studies, and social change in Chile and Argentina. His research has focused on education, economics, globalization, and economic development, critical pedagogy, decolonial pedagogy, Mapuche educational autonomy, decolonization and decoloniality. He has published several articles.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses
Advanced Concepts in International Education (Module 3: Indigenous and Non-Formal Educational Traditions).

Undergraduate Courses Taught
Education Quality and Equity: Tensions and Proposals
Bilingual Intercultural Education and Popular Education
Research Methods and Ethics
Independent Study Project

Select Publications

Villaseca, R. (2008) Sentido de la Educación en Chile. Recovered from

Villaseca, R. (2008) Vigencia del Materialismo Dialéctico e Histórico como Método de Investigación Científica y Social Recovered from

Select Presentations

Villaseca, R. (2019) Necessity and ethical possibility of a decolonial pedagogy from the Mapuche people.  [Conference presentation] LASA Boston Congress

Villaseca, R.(2018) Chilean intercultural education versus Mapuche autonomy and decolonization.  [Conference presentation] LASA Barcelona Congress

VIllaseca. R. (2016) Panel: Educational evaluation in the spotlight: What is the political meaning of Learning? Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Villaseca, R. (2009) Using the Arts in International Education – Panel F. Paradigm Educational Materialist for the Pedagogy of the 21st Century. Symposium Fostering Multicultural Competence and Global Justice:  [Conference presentation] Brattleboro, Vermont, United States

Research Interests

Critical pedagogy
Educational autonomy
Decolonial pedagogy
Decoloniality and decolonization
Mapuche educational autonomy


  • MA, University Pedagogy and College Management, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación, Santiago, Chile
  • BA, Industrial Management, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Roberto Villaseca, PhD Candidate

SIT Study Abroad

Academic Director

CHILE: Comparative Education and Social Change

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CHILE: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

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CHILE: Virtual Internship in Education and Social Change Organizations

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SIT Graduate Institute

Affiliated Faculty

MA in International Education

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