René Silva

René Silva

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 300A
Phone: 305-348-2328
Email: rsilva@fiu.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Florida International University, 2018.

Research Interest

Dr. Silva specializes in questions of allegiance & citizenship during the independence struggles in the United States and Spanish America. He obtained his Ph.D. from Florida International University in May of 2018. His dissertation, entitled “Pennsylvania’s Loyalists and Disaffected in the Age of Revolution: Defining the Terrain of Reintegration, 1765-1800,” explores the efforts of Americans loyal to the British during the War for Independence to adapt and reintegrate into the new republican order in the United States in the conflict’s aftermath. While conducting his research, he was awarded the David Library of the American Revolution Research Fellowship for 2015-2016, a Mellon Foundation Fellowship through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania-Library Company of Philadelphia in 2016-2017, and a Dissertation Year Fellowship from Florida International University in 2017-2018. Dr. Silva earned his M.A. in American History at FIU in 2011. He has published on royalism in Spanish America in the Latin American Research Review and the web journal Panoramas, and has presented scholarly papers on race, politics, and commerce in East Florida during the Second Spanish Period at the Florida Conference of Historians and FIU’s Atlantic History conferences. He received an FIU Post- Doctoral Fellowship in History for 2018-2019 and is currently teaching United States and Latin American History there. Dr. Silva also holds an M.A. in International Administration, a B.A. in Communications, and has extensive professional experience in university administration, business, and non-profit management over several decades.