Sujatha Fernandes is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York. Prior to joining Queens College she was a Wilson-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University's Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts (2003-2006). She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2003. Her research interests include the politics of art; the interconnections of gender, race, and class; state-society relations; and the role of culture in social movements; with an area focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr Fernandes is the author of Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke University Press, October 2006). She is currently working on two new books. One is based on her field research in Venezuela, and is entitled In the Spirit of Negro Primero: Urban Social Movements in Chávez's Venezuela. The other is a memoir, Close to the Edge: Reflections on Race, Politics, and Global Hip Hop.