Axel Presas

Visiting Spanish Instructor

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Office: Callaway S501A



Axel Presas was born in La Habana, Cuba. He emigrated from his country to live in Honduras, Central America, where he taught Literature and Social Studies to children at the American Academy in San Pedro Sula. Afterwards, Axel moved to the United States to study. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Spanish from the University of South Florida. He completed his Ph.D. in Spanish, with a minor in Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2017, Axel was an A.O.F. Fellow and Lecturer at UW-Madison.

His primary scholarly interests concentrate on Afro-descendant popular cultures and literatures in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. He examines how Afro-descendants aesthetic traditions have molded the social history of these three nations. Currently, he is researching and writing about Afro-Uruguayan poetry and its intersections with the cultural manifestation of candombe in Uruguay.  

He has previously studied Cuban literature and cinema, and from this early research he has published two book essays in Spain (Editorial Hispano-Cubana) and Puerto Rico (Isla Negra Editores). Axel is also an avid researcher of Afro-Cuban cultures. As a hobby, he writes fiction and poetry, and has published some of the poems and short stories he has written.