Danielle Clealand

Danielle Clealand

Areas of Expertise

Racial politics, group consciousness, Latin America (Cuba and Puerto Rico)


B.A., Tufts University, International Relations, 2001

M.A., New York University, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 2004

Ph. D., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Political Science, 2011


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 412
Tel: 305-348-3295 | Email: danielle.clealand@fiu.edu

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 examines comparative racial politics with a focus on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, group consciousness, and political and racial attitudes throughout Latin America.

Dr. Clealand’s book, The Power of Race in Cuba: Racial Ideology and Black Consciousness during the Revolution, examines racial ideology and the institutional mechanisms that support racial inequality in Cuba. The book outlines structural racism 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, Cuban 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 Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

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