Silvia Navia Mendez-Bonito, PhD
Associate Professor of Spanish
Chair, Department of International Languages and Cultures
Webster Hall 338
PhD, University of Massachussetts at Amherst, 2002
MA, University of Massachussetts at Amherst, 1998
Licentiate, University of Oviedo, Spain, 1994
Areas of Interest:
Colonial Spanish American Literature and History
History and writings of the Jesuit Order in Latin America
Spanish Medieval Literature
Originally from Navia, a small town on the Northwestern coast of Spain, Professor
Navia completed her Licenciatura in English at the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain).
She did her Ph.D. on Hispanic Literatures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
with a specialization in the literature of the Spanish American Colonial period. In
addition, Professor Navia is an invited lecturer and author on the history of the
Kingdom of Quito (modern day Ecuador), with an emphasis in patriotic feelings surfacing
in historical discourse. At Webster University, Professor Navia is the Chair of the
Department of International Languages and Cultures where she oversees the operational
and educational goals of the department.
Teaching is Professor Navia’s passion, inspiration, and vocation. She leads Spanish language courses, Span and Spanish America cultural courses, and advanced seminars on different topics. For her, teaching provides a window of opportunity to share her students adventure into learning, discovering, and experiencing others worlds, people, and cultures. She also is the faculty advisor for Latin American Student Organization.