Margaret D'Silva

Margaret D'Silva



  • Public Communication Campaigns 
  • Children and Television 
  • Global Mass Media 

Academic background

Ph.D.   University of Kentucky  (1990) Communication
M.A.    Mysore University (1984) Literature
B.Sc    St. Agnes College (1982) Biology and Chemistry.

Professor D'Silva joined the Department of Communication in 1993, after being educated in India and in the United States. 

Professor D’Silva teaches both online and face-to-face courses in Mass Media Processes and Effects, and Intercultural Communication.  She has taught study abroad classes in Cuba, India, Panama, and Peru, and on the Semester at Sea Program (Fall 2014) accompanying students to sixteen countries.  She has co-authored several journal articles with Communication students.  She has also mentored students in presenting their research at conferences of the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) (Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY), Kentucky Communication Association (Cadiz, KY, Prestonsburg, KY), and the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (Shanghai, China) among others. The University of Louisville recognized her with its Presidential Award for Multicultural Teaching (2006) and The Kentucky Communication Association (KCA) with its Excellence in the Art of Teaching Award (2017).

Professor D’Silva has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences.  She was an invited plenary speaker for conferences in Taipei, Taiwan (2012) and Vladivostok, Russia (2013), and invited presenter in Oslo, Norway (2008), and Bengaluru, India (2010).  She has co-edited two academic books and authored or co-authored over 40 articles and book chapters. She was co-investigator on a $397,000 National Institutes of Health grant.  In 2010, KCA recognized her with its Award for Excellence in Research.

Professor D’Silva has served as editor of the journal Intercultural Communication Studies.  She has served as Chair of the APAC Division of the National Communication Association and as Chair of SSCA’s Intercultural and Popular Communication Divisions.  She is a manuscript reviewer for several publications and associations. She serves on various college and university committees and directs the Institute for Intercultural Communication.  She has organized U of L’s international film series for twelve years. She is a recipient of SSCA’s Outreach Award and the Award for Service from the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies

Dr. D'Silva is an amazing instructor. She is so positive and made me look forward to our next discussion. 

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