Ileana Rodriguez-Silva

  • Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004

Fields: Latin America and the Caribbean
Phone: 206-543-6081
Office: SMI 204C | Office Hours: Th 2:00-3:00 & By Appointment

Ileana M. Rodríguez-Silva is an associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Washington-Seattle. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies and another in Latin American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also completed a History Ph.D. in 2004. Rodríguez-Silva's research focuses on racial identity formation, post-emancipation racial politics, and comparative colonial arrangements in the configuration of empires. She is the author of "Exploring the Lives of Freedwomen: Choices, Family, and Gender during the Processes of Emancipation in Puerto Rico, 1873-1876" in Gender and Slave Emancipation in Comparative Perspective, Diana Paton and Pamela Scully, eds. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005). Currently, she is completing a book manuscript entitled Silencing Blackness: Disentangling Race, Colonial Regimes, and National Struggles in Post-Emancipation Puerto Rico (1850-1920). She was a Ford Foundation 2008-09 Post-Doctoral Fellow. Rodríguez-Silva is working on two new projects. The first one is an interdisciplinary, collaborative endeavor with UW colleagues Kiko Benítez, Rick Bonus, and Chandan Reddy on the formation of modern imperial fields. And the second one is a study of sexuality, consumption, and middle-class formation in Puerto Rico after the colonial re-arrangement of 1950.


Silencing Race: Disentangling Blackness, Colonialism, and National Identities in Puerto Rico. New York: Palgrave Macmillon, 2012.

"A Conspiracy of Silence: Blackness, Class, and national Identities in Post-Emancipation Puerto Rico (1850-1930)." Doctoral Dissertation, 2004.

"Libertos and Libertas in the Construction of the Free Worker in Post-Emancipation Puerto Rico." Diana Paton and Pamela Scully, eds. Gender and Slave Emancipation in Comparative Perspective. North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2004.