CRI Conference Will Feature Distinguished Scholars

Four prominent experts on racial politics in Cuba and the Americas will lead a plenary session for the Tenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, sponsored by FIU's Cuban Research Institute. The conference is scheduled for February 26–28, 2015.

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Dr. Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He specializes in the study of comparative slavery and race relations in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the author of A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2001).

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Dr. Ada Ferrer is Professor of History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on the themes of race and slavery, and nationalism and revolution in the nineteenth-century Caribbean and Atlantic World. Her first book, Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868–1898 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999), was a study of Cuba's multiracial movement for national independence.

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Dr. Andrea Jean Queeley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies at FIU. Her research interests include Caribbean migration, Cuba, African diaspora, race, social inequality, black popular culture, and anthropological fieldwork. She is preparing a book titled Rescuing Our Roots: Los Jamaicanos and Respectable Blackness in Post-Soviet Era Cuba, for the University Press of Florida.

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Dr. Danielle Pilar Clealand is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at FIU. Her research focuses on comparative racial politics, racial ideology, nationalism, group consciousness, and racial attitudes throughout the Americas. Her book manuscript, Uncovering the Power of Race: Racial Ideology and Black Consciousness in Contemporary Cuba, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.

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