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Angelica Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Cultural Studies

“We are fortunate to live in this diverse area, the Lehigh area, where you can hear Spanish at all times and enjoy the Latin-American cuisine too, from Mexican tacos to Dominican mofongo. This is a great opportunity for our students of Spanish to learn first-hand, and practice their Spanish.”

Angelica Silva, Ph.D.

Dr. Angelica Silva is an associate professor of Spanish and Hispanic cultural studies in the Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Originally from Mexico, she received her baccalaureate in Spanish teaching, communications, and literature at the University of Queretaro. Dr. Silva also received a master’s of Hispanic literature at Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic cultural studies with a doctoral minor in Mexican literature and history from Michigan State University.

Dr. Silva specializes in Hispanic cultural and nineteenth and twentieth century Mexican narratives and culture. Her scholarly articles have appeared in various national and international journals. She teaches all levels of language, Spanish for Heritage Speakers and Latin-American literature and culture, and Latino Studies. She is a strong advocate for service learning and study abroad programs, always encouraging her students to participate in projects where they can contribute to the community while applying their Spanish knowledge in a real-world context through first-hand experiences. 

She is the director of the Summer Study Abroad Program in Segovia, Spain; and the South Cone Cultural program in Uruguay and Argentina. She has coordinated and participated in several overseas service trips, including trips to Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Spain. She volunteers with the National Screening Committee (NSC) for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program sponsored by the United States Department of State in partnership with foreign governments and universities, and the Mexican organizations in the Lehigh Valley Area.