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Silvia Soto

Visiting Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies

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Silvia Soto is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in American Indian Studies. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis in Native American Studies and her master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Latin American Studies. Her research engages in an analysis of a post 1994 Mayan world in Chiapas, which centers on concepts of identity formation, gender relations, as well as cosmovisions of Mayan peoples of Chiapas. Her book manuscript entitled, Unstoppable Clamor: The Reconstruction of a Mayan World in Chiapas post 1994, is currently under press review.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Contemporary Mayan literature of Mexico, Indigenous knowledge system, Trans-Indigenous methodologies, hemispheric approach to Native American and Indigenous Studies


  • Ph.D. Native American Studies, University of California, Davis, 2015
  • M.A. Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico, 2005
  • B.A. Spanish, University of California, Davis, 1996
  • B.A. Sociology, University of California, Davis, 1996

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2015-2017 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • 2018 CLACS Faculty Grant, "The Interminable Wound: Reading Rebellion in Contemporary Mayan Literature of Chiapas." Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)


  • AIS 285: Indigenous Thinkers
  • AIS 265: Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Literature
  • AIS 101: Introduction to American Indian Studies

Office Hours

  • Wednesdays 1pm - 3pm


Journal Articles

  • "Rebuilding a Mayan World: Awakening, Presence, and Possibilities." TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 7.1 (2017): 166-188.