Axel Presas

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: S201 Callaway Memorial Center

Fax: Fax: 404-727-7597


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Religion, Emory University

Mailstop: 1535/002/1AA
537 Kilgo Cir., S214 Callaway Bldg.

Atlanta, GA 30322


Axel Presas work concentrates on AfroCuban religions and popular culture, on the impact of
AfroCaribbean religions and religiosity in the USA. Correspondingly, Axel investigates the
epistemological connections amongst African religions, philosophy, and the cultural
development of AfroLatinx cultures and religions in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the USA.
His primary scholarly interests concentrate on AfroCuban religions, culture, and the aesthetics of
AfroCubanness in popular culture.

Axel have published several journal articles and book chapters concerning Afro-descendant
epistemologies, aesthetic traditions, and religious practices in Cuba, and in the Southern Cone.
He studies how all these cultural philosophies have become discourses of dialogical resistance,
molding sociopolitical and artistic cultural spaces in the Caribbean and Southern Latin-America.
Currently, he is researching and writing a book about AfroCuban Religions and popular culture.

Additionally, Axel is a poet and has recently published a book of his own poetry, and another
book in which he translates a selection of Herman Melville’s poems. Both texts, his own poetry
and Melville’s selection have been published in Spain. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the
University of South Florida, and his Ph.D. from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. He enjoys
reading, writing, walking, watching movies, and talking with friends.