Maile Speakman’s dissertation research centers on an alternative media file-sharing network in Cuba called el paquete semanal. Her study of el paquete explores 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. Her M.A. thesis, “Performance Cubano: Reading Queer Theory in Havana,” documents how different networks of intellectuals in Havana have used U.S. queer theory in the past twenty years. Since 2015, Maile has presented her work at Vrije University in Amsterdam, Yale University’s American Literature in the World Conference, and at the annual meetings of the American Studies Association and the Caribbean Studies Association. She also is the editorial assistant for Social Text.