Soy Eva. Sou Eva. Eva naiz. Em dic Eva. I’m Eva.

I am an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Oakwood University. In addition to teaching courses in Spanish and Spanish Linguistics, I serve as the director of the English as a Second Language program and the Adventist Colleges Abroad program. My research interests include:

  1. Spanish Linguistics: with an emphasis on Dominican Spanish and bilingual youth
  2. Sociocultural linguistics: with an emphasis on language and identity and the intersections of language and race
  3. Latin American Studies: with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, post-colonial racial systems, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean

My scholarship engages the communities that inform my research, the students in my classroom, and the world that we are all privileged to explore. I am on a journey of discovery, and I welcome you to come along!

Bienvenid@     Bem-vind@     Ongi etorri     Benvingut      Welcome

Recent Publications

  • Wheeler, E.M. (2017). La semántica de las categorías de matiz racial en la República Dominicana: Hacia centros y periferias. In Centros de irradiación y periferias de la lengua española, ed. José María Santos Rovira, 49-60. (
  • Wheeler, E. M. (2017) Brokering Communication in Sacred Spaces: Bilingual Youth Interpreters in Religious Settings. Sociolinguistic Studies (Vol. 6, No.3), 329-355. *PDF*
  • Wheeler, E. M. (2015). Race, Legacy and Lineage in the Dominican Republic: Shifting Paradigms, The Black Scholar (Vol. 45, No. 2). Edited by Guest Editors R. Chetty and A. Rodríguez, 34-44. *PDF*
  • Creative Writing: Wheeler, E.M. (2015). Letter To A Beautiful Brown Girl / Carta a una hermosa niña morenita. Revista Arenas Blancas 14, 44-47. *PDF*

Upcoming Presentations

  • November 18, 2016 – “Shouting into the Void: Counter Discourses on Race and Identity in the Dominican Republic,” American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN.
  • April 2017 – “Antes muerta que sencilla: The Semantics of Beauty in Latin America and the U.S.,” VI Jornadas de la Lingüística Hispánica, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.

See my feature on the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library Blog: Here.

See a snippet from my participation in a post-show conversation following a production of “In the Time of the Butterflies” presented by the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts: Here.

See my bio as a part of the Los Angeles Sentinel’s Women’s History Month series: Here.


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