Azahara Palomeque provides administrative, academic, and strategic support to the MSSP Program. In her role as Associate Director, she manages admissions and recruitment initiatives, advises students, builds relationships with alumni, and collaborates with faculty and staff to bring professional enhancement and academic success to the MSSP community. She teaches the Global Seminar MSSP 797: Whose Colony? Politics, Identity and Social Policy in Revolutionary Cuba (1959-2017), and serves on the MSSP Governance Committee.
Palomeque’s research engages Spanish, Latin American and Brazilian politics and cultures, focusing on postcoloniality, politics of modernity and underdevelopment, sovereignty and governmentality, social movements, identity and memory – topics on which she has published peer-reviewed articles, essays and a book chapter. She is currently working on a book that dissects the role of hispanismo in creating political alliances between Spain, México, Cuba and Argentina by analyzing the cultural production of exiles and immigrants at times of political turmoil, including the Spanish Civil War and the Cuban Revolution.
As a poet, she is the author of the books RIP (Rest in Plastic) (RiL Editores, 2019), En la Ceniza Blanca de las Encías (La Isla de Siltolá, 2017), American Poems (La Isla de Siltolá, 2015), and the bilingual chapbook El Diente del Lobo/ The Wolf’s Tooth (Carmina in minima re, 2014). She has published poems and short stories in cultural journals in México, Cuba, Spain, Perú and the United States; her poetry has been partially translated into English and Greek, and has been included in a number of anthologies. In addition, Palomeque reports on US social issues for the prestigious Spanish newspaper CTXT, and maintains a bi-weekly Op-ed in El Periódico Extremadura.
Palomeque holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, and Media Studies from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, a MA in Luso-Brazilian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MA and a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Princeton University.