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Silvia Tandeciarz

Vice-Dean for Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies, Chancellor Professor of Hispanic Studies

Office: Ewell Hall 133
Phone: (757) 221-1522
Email: [[srtand]]

Silvia R. Tandeciarz holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. She is Chancellor Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Vice Dean for Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at William & Mary, where she has worked since 1999. A translator, poet, and scholar in the field of Latin American Cultural Studies, her research focuses on the role memory plays in advancing democracy and human rights in post-conflict settings. She has published widely on contemporary visual, spatial, and performative cultural initiatives in Argentina that serve to process and transmit traumatic memories of the last dictatorship. Her monograph on this topic, Citizens of Memory: Affect, Representation, and Human Rights in Postdictatorship Argentina (2017, Bucknell University Press) appeared in Spanish in 2020 As an extension of her research interests, Professor Tandeciarz has partnered with scholars, activists, and practitioners here and abroad to offer students signature opportunities highlighting the privileges and responsibilities of global citizenship. Her work in translation includes the book-length critical treatises Masculine/Feminine (Duke University Press, 2004) and The Insubordination of Signs (Duke University Press, 2004), both by the Chilean theorist Nelly Richard. Most recently, her English-language translation from Spanish, Taino, and Yoruba of Juana Goergen's collection of poetry, Sea in my Bones (2023, the87press), received the Poetry Book Society’s Winter 2023 Translation Choice Award.