Daniel da Silva is Assistant Professor of Portuguese at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey's Ironbound neighborhood, Silva's work centers queer performance and subjectivities in Luso-Afro-Brazilian cultures. He has published “Unbearable Fadistas: António Variações and Fado as Queer Praxis” (Journal of Lusophone Studies 2018), and “Black Mothers and Black Boats: Queer, Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian Intersections in Ney Matogrosso’s ‘Mãe Preta (Barco Negro)’” (Journal of Lusophone Studies 2019), among other works. He is co-director of the Queer Aqui international working group, which hosted their Rio gathering in May of 2023. His forthcoming book is Trans Tessituras: Queer Repertoires and Black Diaspora in Lusophone Popular Music.