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Racial and Ethnic Politics Workshop | Contesting Homogeneity: Centering Racial Group Membership in Latino Politics

When: Friday, April 1, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Central

Where: Scott Hall, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Graduate Students

Contact: Stephen Monteiro   (847) 491-7451

Group: Department of Political Science

Category: Academic


Abstract: Latino is an umbrella term with high levels of diversity within the groups. These differences  - national origin, generation, region, etc. - are often discussed by scholars of Latino politics with the exception of racial identity and skin color. Racial self-identification among Latinos is an understudied topic, and most polls and surveys treat Latinos as either racially homogenous or a racial category rather than an ethnic category. Not only does skin color influence Latinos’ experiences and socioeconomic outcomes, but notions of identity and group consciousness vary particularly by race and/or skin color. If we look at Black Latinos’ experiences and political attitudes in particular, we find that Blackness matters for most of our research questions within the field of Latino politics.  

Dr. Danielle Pilar Clealand received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science.  Her research examines Black 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, structural racism and the experiences of discrimination that create a foundation for Black solidarity. 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.  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 examines 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-Latino sample of the Collaborative Multi-Racial Post Election Survey in 2020.  Dr. Clealand’s work can be found in journals such as, the Annual Review of Political Science, 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.   

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