Silvia Mejía

Professor of Spanish


Ph.D.Comparative LiteratureUniversity of Maryland, College Park
M.A.Latin American LiteratureUniversity of Maryland, College Park
B.A.Social CommunicationUniversidad Central del Ecuador (Quito)

Professional Experience

Silvia Mejía joined The College of Saint Rose in Fall 2007. Her areas of academic expertise are film theory and criticism, immigration studies, and comparative studies of contemporary Latin American and Latinx narrative production.

Before pursuing graduate studies, Silvia worked as a reporter, editor, and international correspondent for the national daily newspapers Hoy (Ecuador) and La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador), as well as the magazines EuropMagazine (France) and Cash (Ecuador).

Teaching Interests

Silvia Mejía began her teaching career in graduate school. Since then, she has taught elementary, intermediate, and advanced Spanish classes, as well as courses in English and Spanish about World literature and social change, film form and culture, documentary filmmaking, and Latin American cultural production — with an emphasis on contemporary narrative and film from the region.

Research/Creative Works

  • “Salamandra.” Literal: Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanas, 1 June 2023,
  • “Stayin’ Alive.” A-Sintomática: Escrituras del encierro en tiempos de Coronavirus, edited by Mabel Cuesta and Hugo García González, Hypermedia, 2021, pp. 173-184.
  • “Caught in the Ethnographic Trap: The Disenchantment of Magical Realism in Novels by Junot Díaz and Alberto Fuguet.” Hispania, vol. 104, no. 2, June 2021, pp. 211-225.
  • Disposable Bodies: Undocumented Migrants and La jaula de oro’s Poetics of Austerity.” LALR: Latin American Literary Review, vol. 48, no. 96, Summer 2021, pp. 86-94.
  • “Monsters.” Women Scholars: Navigating the Doctoral Journey, edited by Jelane A. Kennedy and Beverly A. Burnell, Apple Academic Press, 2019, pp. 195-199.
  • “Deconstruyendo el tropo equinoccial: Las segundas criaturas, o cómo imaginar una literatura ecuatoriana visible.” Grado Cero: la condición equinoccial y la producción de cultura en el Ecuador y otras longitudes ecuatoriales, edited by Esteban Ponce Ortiz, UArtes Ediciones, 2017, pp. 217-240.
  • “Is Nostalgia Becoming Digital? Ecuadorian Diaspora in the Age of Global Capitalism.” Digital Media, Cultural Production and Speculative Capitalism, edited by Freya Schiwy, Alessandro Fornazzari, and Susan Antebi, Routledge, 2013, pp. 99-116. Reprint.
  • “Is Nostalgia Becoming Digital? Ecuadorian Diaspora in the Age of Global Capitalism.” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. 15:3, May 2009, pp. 393-410.
  • “Transnacionalismo a la ecuatoriana: migración, nostalgia y nuevas tecnologías.” La migración ecuatoriana. Transnacionalismo, redes e identidades, FLACSO, 2005, pp. 481-492.
  • More than a hundred journalistic pieces published by newspapers and magazines in Ecuador, France, El Salvador, and the United States, including the prize winners “Miércoles de Sitio en la Plaza Grande” (Hoy, Quito, 1994), and “Elecciones en Colombia” (Hoy, 1998).