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Associate Professor

Area of Study: Cultural Studies and Interpersonal

Office: 310 Bingham Hall
Office Hours: On leave
Curriculum Vitae





Dr. Silva’s research is at the intersections of feminism, identity and Identification, post-colonial studies, and popular culture. 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). Her work has appeared in Social Identities, South Asian Popular Culture, and Cultural Studies. Silva has also published book chapters on race, global media, and film.


Research Interests

Race and Politics, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, Feminisms


Recent Awards

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, forthcoming). 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.