Danielle Pilar Clealand
Danielle Pilar Clealand, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations at Florida International University.
Dr. Clealand received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University. Her research focuses on comparative racial politics, racial ideology, nationalism, group consciousness, and racial attitudes throughout the Americas. Her work on racial politics engages both Cuba and the Cuban diaspora.
Dr. Clealand's book, The Power of Race in Cuba: Racial Ideology and Black Consciousness during the Revolution (2017), examines racial ideology and the institutional mechanisms that support racial inequality in Cuba. The book outlines structural racism on the island and the experiences of discrimination that create a foundation for black solidarity. Through survey, ethnographic, and interview data, The Power of Race in Cuba draws from the many black spaces on the island, both formal and informal, to highlight what constitutes black consciousness in Cuba.
The book is part of a larger research focus that brings to light the power of racial ideologies that negate the existence of racism and their effect on racial progress and racial activism. Dr. Clealand's current project focuses on this analysis in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Clealand has taught courses such as Caribbean Politics, Black Politics in the Americas, Latin American Politics, and Race and Politics in the United States. Before joining the faculty at Florida International University, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.