Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students


Marisol Silva

Chicana/o cultural studies, Borderlands history, Women of color feminist thought, Spatial theory/Human geography

Bio & Research Interests

Marisol Silva is currently a doctoral student in ethnic studies with a designated emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality. Her dissertation research examines issues of land and space in the creative cultural production and resistance responding to discriminatory anti-Mexican legislation that emerged out of Arizona and other states across the country since 2010.  Silva’s honors include an Outstanding GSI Award, Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship, UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship, UC Berkeley Mentored Research Award, and grant awards from the Social Science Research Council, the Center for Race and Gender (UCB), UC Diversity Initiative for Graduate Study in the Social Sciences (UCB).  Silva is originally from Glendale, Arizona; she received an MA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Latin American Studies from Yale University.


Keith Feldman
David Montejano

Courses Taught or Assisted

  • Ethnic Studies 10a: History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America
  • Ethnic Studies 101b: Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnic Studies 100: Comparative Multi-Ethnic American Literature
  • History of Art 186: Contemporary Art of the Americas