Danielle Pilar Clealand
Danielle Pilar Clealand, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.
Dr. Clealand received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science, an M.A. from New York University in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and a B.A. from Tufts University in International Relations. 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 is finishing work on her book manuscript, Uncovering the Power of Race: Racial Ideology and Black Consciousness in Contemporary Cuba. Uncovering the Power of Race examines the social norms with regard to race that the Cuban Revolution's racial ideology has created. Through this analysis, the book highlights the ideological and institutional mechanisms that support racial inequality in Cuba. In addition, it gives a nuanced portrait of black identity in Cuba and argues that while spaces of black consciousness do exist, even among those that are the most vocal regarding racism in Cuba, elements of the dominant revolutionary ideology are infused within their framework. Through survey data, interviews with ordinary citizens, organizers, activists, and artists, this book 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 next projects will focus on this analysis in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and the United States.
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.
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