Patricia Silver (email@example.com) is a Research Scholar with Ronin Institute. She has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from American University in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she moved to Orlando from Puerto Rico for a visiting faculty position in anthropology at the University of Central Florida, which she held until 2009. While there, she co-directed the oral history project, “Puerto Ricans in Central Florida from 1940s to 1980s: A History.” She also consulted on an oral history project in April 2012, “Cultural Foundations of Puerto Rican Orlando,” and directed a third project in November 2012, “Puerto Rican Political Participation and Civic Engagement.” She served as co-editor of the spring 2010 special issue on Puerto Ricans in Central Florida from CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Her publications have appeared in American Ethnologist, Identities, CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Southern Cultures, Latino Studies, and Memory Studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Not That Kind of Latino: Difference and Politics in a Sunbelt City.
Current research areas:
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies
Political Community Formation
Recent scholarly activity:
My current project has included 10 years of ethnographic, oral history, and archival research in Orlando, Florida, which has become the new center of the Puerto Rican diaspora. The project examines the challenges to and strategies for Latino, and especially Puerto Rican, political community formation in Orlando, where a historic black-white racial landscape and post–1960s claims to “color-blindness” combine with neoliberal political-economic ideologies that celebrate individual achievement in an emerging multiculturalism. In 2014, I served as expert in a lawsuit charging Orange County, Florida, with violating Latino voting rights during redistricting. Data from the deposition and trial provide a unique opportunity for detailing the play of place and politics in strategies for Latino containment and struggles for Latino empowerment in this Sunbelt city.
2017 "'Let's Go Check Out Florida': Rethinking Puerto Rican Diaspora." With William Vélez. CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. 29(3).
2017 “Sunshine Politics: Puerto Rican Memory and the Political in New Destinations.” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. 29(2):4-37.
2016 "'You Don't Look Puerto Rican': Collective Memory and Community in Orlando." Memory Studies. 9(4):405-421. Published online before print September 3, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/1750698015601179.
2015 “Remembering Abuela: Memory, Authenticity, and Place in Puerto Rican Orlando.” Latino Studies 13(3):376-401.
2013 “Latinization, Race, and Cultural Identification in Puerto Rican Orlando.” Southern Cultures 19(4):55-75.
2014 “Puerto Ricans in Florida.” In Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium. Edwin Meléndez and Carlos Vargas Ramos, eds., pp. 62-81. New York: CENTRO.
2014 “New Puerto Rican Diasporas in the Southern United States.” In Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium. Edwin Meléndez and Carlos Vargas Ramos, eds., pp. 82-97. New York: CENTRO.
2013 “Local and Translocal Belonging: The Comparative Case Study of a Puerto Rican Archive.” In Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada. Dominique Daniel and Amalia S. Levi, eds., pp. 159-170. Los Angeles: Litwin Book, LLC.
2016 Scripts of Blackness: Race, Cultural Nationalism, and U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico, Isar P. Godreau, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology2015 Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South, Joshi, Khyati Y., and Jigna Desai, eds. H-Net
2015 Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South, Joshi, Khyati Y., and Jigna Desai, eds. H-Net
2014 Making a Life in Multiethnic Miami: Immigration & the Rise of a Global City, Elizabeth M. Aranda, Sallie Hughes & Elena Sabogal. CentroVoices http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centrovoices/reviews/global-miami-life-city
2011 Land Reform in Puerto Rico: Modernizing the Colonial State, 1941-1969, Ismael García Colón. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 16(2):1-3.