Title: Associate Professor
Department: Communication Arts/Theatre
Degrees: B.A., Indiana University (Indianapolis); M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa
Office Location: VCCA 308
Vesta Silva is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts. She earned her MA and PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. Her dissertation focused on the use of genetic testing technologies in reproductive medicine. Her ongoing research focuses on public discourses of health, science, and medicine as they intersect with wider cultural constructions of gender, race, power and privilege. She has looked at the vaccine/autism controversy, media representations of illness and medicine, and is currently working on a project about Zika virus. She also studies pedagogy and oral communication.
Silva teaches a range of courses in the department including Foundations of Rhetoric, Advanced Public Speaking, and a Junior Seminar on the construction of “whiteness” in American culture. She also teaches in the Global Health Studies program.
In addition to her work on campus, Silva is the founding Board President for the Northwest Pennsylvania Investment Cooperative, an organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of the region.