|Lilian Albertina Contreras-Silva was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. In 1981, her family immigrated to New York. After eight months of living there, her family settled in Houma, Louisiana, where her parents still reside and where she likes to spend most of her vacations. Lilian entered Louisiana State University in the fall of the 1990-91 academic year. In the 1994, Lilian received her bachelor of science degree in microbiology with minors in classical civilization and zoology. After attending medical school for a year (at L.S.U. New Orleans), Lilian returned to L.S.U. (Baton Rouge) to study Spanish. She received her masters of arts degree in Spanish in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 2000. Her specialization for her Ph.D. was in Spanish, English and French American colonial literatures.
Lilian enjoys her position at Hendrix, where she enjoys most of all her interaction with her students. She has been teaching at Hendrix since the Fall of 2000. She is the advisor to SLIC: Students for Latin and Iberian Cultures and of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society. Outside of academia, Lilian enjoys traveling, spending time with her extended clan, hiking, gardening, and exploring the local culture (especially music). She will be on sabbatical during the Fall of the 2013-2014 academic year.