Cuban-born scholar and writer Odette Casamayor-Cisneros is Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. Her work focuses post-Soviet Cuban Literature and Blacks and Blackness in Contemporary Cuban Cultural Production. She is the author of the book Utopía, distopía e ingravidez: reconfiguraciones cosmológicas en la narrativa post-soviética cubana (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, February 2013). Casamayor is currently writing a new book, On Being Black: Racial Self-identification Processes in Post-Soviet Cuban Cultural Production, an ethical-aesthetic study of racial self-definition processes developed by contemporary black Cuban visual and performing artists, filmmakers, musicians and writers.