Dr. Hannah Palmer joined SoPA in Spring 2020 to teach Spanish language courses and English-language literature courses. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English and Spanish from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Her scholarly interests include postcolonial theory and literatures, Latinx literature and culture, gender studies, and Indigenous languages and cultures, especially in the Mayan regions of Latin America. She has taught courses on Contemporary Global Literatures, Post-Colonial Historical Fiction, and Queer Latinx Literature, as well as Spanish language courses from beginner to advanced levels.
When not teaching, Dr. Palmer serves as the Program Manager for Special Programs at Tulane’s Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, where she oversees summer study abroad programs in Cuba, Guatemala, and Brazil and assists with humanities programming.
What's the first career you dreamed of having as a child?
Starting in 2nd or 3rd grade, I decided I wanted to be a “teacher and an author.” So here I am!
What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
I love to travel the world, practice new culinary techniques, perfect my homemade ice cream and artisan bread, and care for my potted plant garden and my cat, Ts’ak.
What is your favorite thing about SoPA?
I love the perspective SoPA students bring to the classroom. In the few semesters I have taught here, I have had so many rich discussions with my students. I often feel I learn as much as I teach.