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Diana Cassells

Assistant Professor of Political Science

E. Diana Cassells specializes in International Relations and Comparative Politics. She is interested in how Global South countries function in the international system. Her current research explores the identity-foreign policy nexus in Cuba after 1959. Her work also examines the imprint of colonialism on public health systems in Black spaces. Her teaching focuses on international relations theories, international organizations and human rights; contending perspective of Development; transitional and reparatory justice; Caribbean, Latin America, and wider Global South state-society relations. She has published on Cuban Medical Diplomacy and Cuba-US foreign relations, and has presented her academic work in proceedings of professional associations and meetings, including International Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association, Caribbean Studies Association and the Catedra del Caribe (University of Habana).


Elsada Diana Cassells, Gabriela de Carvalho and Lorraine Frisina Doetter. The colonial legacy and the Jamaican healthcare system in Nullmeier, Frank; González de Reufels, Delia; Obinger, Herbert (Ed.) “International Impacts on Social Policy: Short Histories in Global Perspective” Palgrave MacMillan. Forthcoming.

Elsada Diana Cassells. Las Relaciones entre Cuba y el Caribe Tras el 17D: del Optimismo a la Incertidumbre [The relationship between Cuba and the Caribbean after December 17: From Optimism to Uncertainty] in Laguardia Martinez, Jacqueline “Cuba en sus Relaciones con el Caribe Después del 17D” Buenos Aires: CLACSO. October 2017.

Elsada Diana Cassells . Cuba: Still Punching Above its Weight in Braveboy-Wagner, Jacqueline “Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South”. Palgrave Macmillan. September 2016.

Elsada Diana Cassells. Cuba-United States Relationship in the Age of Obama. Al Jazeera Center for Studies. September 2015.