Danielle Clealand is assistant professor at Florida International University in the Department of Politics and International Relations. She received her PhD in Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from New York University and a B.A. from Tufts University. Her work focuses on racism and racial consciousness in the Americas. In The Power of Race in Cuba (Oxford University Press) Clealand analyzes racial ideologies that negate the existence of racism and their effect on racial progress and activism through the lens of Cuba. Since 1959, Fidel Castro and the Cuban government have married socialism and the ideal of racial harmony to create a formidable ideology that is an integral part of Cubans’ sense of identity and their perceptions of race and racism in their country.