Faculty Experts - Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Ph.D.

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, PhD

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Hispanic and Cultural Studies
Director, Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies
Director, Cultural Studies Program
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Cultural and Postcolonial Theories
  • Gender Studies
  • Post/Colonial and Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Literary and Cultural Practices of the Arab World and North Africa


Fluent in eight languages, Dr. Nagy-Zekmi has a clear understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. With a wide range of expertise in cultural and postcolonial theories, especially in relation to Latin America and North Africa, Nagy-Zekmi is an exceptional source for issues touching on gender, race, identity and ethnicity in those regions.


  • Ph.D., Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • M.A., Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Selected Publications

  • Nagy-Zekmi, Silvia, Global Academe: Engaging Intellectual Discourse (co-edited with Karyn Hollis). NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
  • Nagy-Zekmi, Silvia, Perennial Empire (Co-edited with Chantal Zabus), Ithaca, NY: Cambria Press, 2011.
  • Nagy-Zekmi, Silvia, Truth to Power: Public Intellectuals In and Out of Academe (Co-edited with Karyn Hollis, Villanova University) Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.
  • Nagy-Zekmi, Silvia, Zabus, Chantal, eds., Colonization or Globalization? Postcolonial Exploration of Imperial Expansion, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2009.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Fulbright senior grant for research and teaching, 2007 ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, State University of New York at Albany
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish, Catholic University
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Loyola University
  • Lecturer of Spanish, Richmond University

Selected Research

  • Faculty summer research grant, Villanova University (competitive) for writing The Postcolonial Condition: Representations of Nation and Identity in Latin America. 2008.
  • VITAL grant for development of a graduate course on Postcolonial Theories. (Villanova University) 2008.
  • Fulbright senior fellowship. Research in Cultural Studies and teaching two postgraduate courses at ELTE University. Budapest, Hungary 2007.
  • Publication Grant: Moros en la costa: Orientalismo en Latinoamérica. Villanova University 2007.

About Villanova

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