Hannah Palmer, a third-year student in the program, received a B.A. in English and Spanish from Samford University in 2009. Since coming to UNC to study twentieth-century Latin American literature, she spends most of her semesters in Dey Hall both taking and teaching Spanish classes and most of her summers in Yucatán, Mexico learning to speak and read Yucatec Mayan (as well as to pat “jach wóolis waaj,” or “very round tortillas”). She plans to continue her research on the peninsula and to center her dissertation on contemporary literary production in the region, especially Maya-language poetry. Her areas of interest include postcolonial and decolonial theory, subversive uses humor in literature, representations of violence, and the politics of language and translation.