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Associate Professor, Department of Communications


Ph.D. in Communication and Society, University of Oregon, 2004
Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Oregon, 2004
MA in Communication Studies, Miami University 1999
B.Sc. in Communication Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude, 1997

Research Interests

Dr. Silva is associate professor of communication. She is the author of Brown Threat: Identification in the Security State (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and co-editor of Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture (Palgrave UK, 2015) and of Migration, Identity, and Belonging: Defining Borders and Boundaries of the Homeland (Routledge, 2020). She is currently working on a book project that extends the exploration of racialized identification in Brown Threat to understanding how affective relationships, especially calls to and of love, animate regulatory practices that are deeply cruel and alienating.