Maile Speakman

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Maile’s dissertation research centers on an alternative media network in Cuba called el paquete semanal. Her study of el paquete will explore the politics of internet access, telecommunications infrastructure, markets, digital culture, and U.S. imperialism in Cuba. Before studying at Yale, Maile received a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology summa cum laude from Lewis & Clark College and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. For her M.A. thesis “Performance Cubano: Reading Queer Theory in Havana,” Maile employed ethnographic and archival methods to document the emergence of U.S. queer theory in Havana in the early 2000s. This project built on her undergraduate work, which examined how the Cuban state policed queer and countercultural youth space in contemporary Havana. 

Cuban & Caribbean Studies, Queer & Feminist Theory, U.S. Empire, Digital Culture, Postcolonial Thought, Global Cities, Capitalism & Performativity, Ethnography