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Silvia Rodriguez Vega

Applied Psychology, Provost's Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow

Applied Psychology

Silvia Rodriguez Vega is a New York University Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Applied Psychology at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She holds a Ph.D. in Chicana/o and Central American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Transborder Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies from Arizona State University.   


Silvia is a community engaged artist and scholar. Her research explores the ways anti-immigration policy impacts the lives of immigrant children through new methodological tools centering art and creative expression. Specifically, her research highlights the understudied preadolescent children of immigrants—both U.S.-born citizens and undocumented immigrant children. Through creating and teaching a bilingual multidisciplinary theater class at a local elementary school in South Central, Los Angeles her data included family, child, and teacher interviews, class observations, artwork and performance videos, from recently arrived Mexican and Central American children ages 11 to 13. Before that, Silvia collected 150 drawings from immigrant children in Phoenix, Arizona during the tenure of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deportation campaigns. 

Silvia’s writing has been published in Latino Studies, Aztlán: The Journal of Chicano Studies, the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. Her research has received funding from the Ford Foundation, UCLA’s Institute of American Culture, and the University of California MEX-US research grant.


During her time at NYU Silvia aims to draft her first book manuscript that will illuminate children’s experiences during both the Obama and Trump Presidential Administrations through the use of artistic methods.

Selected Publications

Rodriguez Vega, S. (2019). Teatro vs Trump: Children in South Central Los Angeles Fight Back. In Dossier of Chicanx and Latinx Teatro. Aztlán: The Journal of Chicano Studies. 


Rodriguez Vega, S. (2018). Borders & Badges: Arizona’s Children Confront Detention and Deportation Through Art. Journal of Latino Studies. 16, no. 3 (2018): 310-340.


Rodriguez Vega, S. (2018). Praxis of Resilience & Resistance: “We can STOP Donald Trump” and Other Messages from Immigrant Children. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal 12, no. 3: 122-147.