Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Danielle Clealand

Associate ProfessorPh.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Danielle Clealand



Black politics in the Spanish speaking Caribbean and the United States, group consciousness, Afro-Latino politics and identity, black public opinion and racial inequality.


Dr. Danielle Pilar Clealand received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science.  She also holds an M.A. degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.   She is currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latino Studies and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies.  Her research examines comparative racial politics, group consciousness, black public opinion and racial inequality with a focus on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and the United States using an interdisciplinary approach with mixed methods. 

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 Power of Race in Cuba won both the Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics section of the American Political Science Association and the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

Dr. Clealand is currently working on two new projects focusing on blackness within Latino communities.  The first, Black Migration Into a “White” City (co-authored with Devyn Spence Benson), is an oral and political history of black Cubans in the United States. The project uncovers the black experience to fill gaps in the existing literature about Cubans and Cuban-Americans in the United States where stories of political and economic success dominate the scholarship and dilute stories of black exclusion. Through the use of oral history, the project analyzes housing discrimination, residential segregation, educational opportunities, intra-Latino racism, community building, and voting behavior, particularly in Miami. The second project will examine political attitudes, experiences with racism and identity among Afro-Latinos in the United States. This project will be carried out as the director of the first Afro-Caribbean sample of the Collaborative Multi-Racial Post Election Survey in 2020.  Dr. Clealand’s work can be found in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Politics, Groups and Identities, Journal of Latin American Studies and SOULS.  She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies and the National Review of Black Politics.  


MAS 392 • Race In The Americas

40015 • Spring 2022
Meets M 11:00AM-2:00PM CMA 3.108
(also listed as GOV 390L)

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MAS 301 • Intr Mex Amer Latina/O Studies

40805 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLP 0.130

In 2006, the massive nation-wide May Day protests and marches, were not only emblematic of immigrantworker resistance, but a turning point in evolving Latina/o/x pan-ethnoracial identities. Through the rallying cry of “Day Without an Immigrant,” across cities from Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago to Atlanta, diverse peoples of the United States became exposed to the fundamental ways Latin@/x populations are embedded within the very fabric of the nation through their endless labor, contributions, innovations, and community-building. In this introductory course, students study the field of Mexican American and Latina/o/x Studies as an interdisciplinary and intersectional arena of academic inquiry, which centers on challenging and dismantling the inherent inequalities and multiple oppressions foundational to the making of the United States through the eyes of the Mexican American, Chican@/x, Latin@/x experience. We survey the historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural fabric, which shapes this heterogenous populace and examine the formation of Latin@/xs as an ethnoracial group(s) in the United States. We explore the multifaceted histories of colonialism in the Americas and U.S. imperialism through an investigation of transnational, transborder contexts of corporate, military, and political interventions that have (re)defined national boundaries and human migrations in the Americas. Last, students use an intersectional approach to unravel how race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, language, migration, indigeneity, and citizenship are integral to the multiplicity identities forming Latinidad.

MAS 374 • Race And Ethnicity Politics-Wb

39398 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM
Internet; Synchronous


This course provides an introduction to the study of racial and ethnic politics throughout the United States.  It is aimed at students with no prior knowledge of the field, but a desire to gain an in depth understanding of the major paradigms associated with race, racism and inequality in the United States. The course will discuss racial policies, racial activism, mass incarceration, immigration, housing discrimination and segregation, Afro-Latino politics, racial ideologies and migration.  We will spend time talking about the current Black Lives Matter protests and how racial activism and protests are currently shaping our national conversation and policies.



  • Shaw, Todd, Louis Desipio, Dianne Pinderhughes & Toni-Michelle C. Travis. 2019. Uneven Roads: An Introduction to U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics. Second Edition.  CQ Press.
  • García Bedolla, Lisa. Latino Politics. Second Edition.  Policy Press.
  • Carter, Niambi. American While Black: African Americans, Immigration and the Limits of Citizenship.
  • Bonilla-Silva Eduardo.  Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States.
  • Krysan, Maria & Amanda Lewis. The Changing Terrain of Race  and Ethnicity
  • Alexander, Michelle.  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of  Colorblindness.
  • Jiménez, Román Miriam & Juan Flores. The Afro-Latin@ Reader.

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