Maile Speakman

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Maile Speakman currently lives in Havana, Cuba where she ethnographically studies the politics of race and affect in Havana’s emergent techno-capitalist economies. She is particularly interested in how market forms like the share economy and the attention economy operate in communist Cuba. More broadly, her work examines the relationship between digital infrastructure, gentrification, and histories of slavery and empire in Havana’s cityscape. 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. Her M.A. thesis, “Performance Cubano: Reading Queer Theory in Havana,” documents how different networks of intellectuals in Havana have circulated queer theory in the past twenty years. Maile has presented her work at Vrije University in Amsterdam, Harvard University, Yale University’s American Literature in the World Conference, and at the annual meetings of the American Studies Association, the Caribbean Studies Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the American Association of Geographers. In 2017 and 2018, she also worked as an editorial assistant for Social Text where she organized the The Here and Now of Dispossession: A Social Text Symposium.

Cuban & Caribbean Studies, History of Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, U.S. Empire, Critical Theory, Global Cities, Media Ethnography, Geography, Post-Socialism