Sandra Levinson is Executive Director of the Center for Cuban Studies in New York City and Director of the Center's Cuban Art Space. She edits CUBA Update on-line. She is from Mason City, Iowa, graduated from the University of Iowa and did her graduate work at Manchester University in England and Stanford University. She taught political science at City College, NYC and at other area universities. She was the New York Editor of Ramparts Magazine, co-host of Channel 13's "Free Time," and has written for various magazines. She has traveled to Cuba more than 300 times, often as consultant to major news organizations.