Danilo Antonio Contreras

Danilo Antonio Contreras

2019-2020 ALARI Fellow
Danilo Contreras

He is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross, where he teaches courses on Latin American politics, race, ethnicity, and immigration in the Americas. He received a B.A. in government and Spanish from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

While at ALARI, he plans to complete his book manuscript on race and ethno-national politics in the Dominican Republic. His book advances an argument for why racial identity is of low salience in Afro-Latin American politics. He argues that the choices and constraints individuals face to reclassify their ethno-racial identification are key pathways that decrease the salience of racial identity in electoral politics. In the case of the DR, the choice or constraint to racial reclassification coincides with racialized anti-Haitianism, which provides a cover for racism against black Dominicans. This cover redirects anti-blackness toward Haitians and Haitian descendants, and it mitigates potential conflicts that could otherwise spawn race-based electoral politics. He employs qualitative, quantitative, and experimental methodologies to test his argument.

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