Andrea Villa Franco

Andrea Villa Franco (she/her) is writer, editor and researcher from Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University in Iberian and Latin Cultures, with a double minor in English and French. Andrea has dedicated the past two years to advanced studies in Sweden, Spain and France as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar of the International Joint M.A. program LAGLOBE (Latin America and Europe in a Global World). Her own experiences of immigration to the United States as well as her subsequent international academic and professional trajectory across three continents has provided Andrea with an intercultural lens on issues of free expression. 

During the summer of 2021, Andrea interned at PEN America in the U.S. Free Expression program with a focus on protest rights and digital threats to free expression. In particular, she is passionate about advocacy at the intersection of the arts and human rights. This is reflected in her past involvement with a number of cultural institutions, such as Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, the Nela Arias-Misson Foundation and the Biarritz Latin American Film Festival.