Sheridan  Wigginton

Sheridan Wigginton, Ph.D.


Office Hours: Fall 2020: Monday 4pm to 5pm / Tuesday 11am to 1pm / Wednesday 4pm to 5pm (All appointments are via Zoom)


Sheridan Wigginton came to California Lutheran University in fall 2011 to chair the new Department of Languages and Cultures, a position she held until her term ended in January 2018.  She brings her experience as a department chair and a program director to CLU's multi-language department, which offers majors, minors and other course work in French, German, and Spanish.

Dr. Wigginton teaches courses in Spanish that range from elementary level language to senior level seminars on Race and Ethnicity in Latin America.  In 2014, she was elected as the president of the of Afro-Latin/American Research Association (ALARA).

  • Ph.D., Foreign Language Curriculum and Instruction, University of Missouri
  • M.A., Spanish, University of Missouri
  • B.A., Spanish, Eastern Kentucky University



Caribbean Studies, Dominican Republic, Curaçao, Critical Pedagogy, National Identity in Textbooks



Wigginton, S. and Middleton IV. R.T. (2019). Unmastering the Script: Education, Critical Race Theory, and the Struggle to Reconcile the Haitian Other in Dominican Identity.  Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Middleton IV. R.T., and Wigginton S. (2018). The interconnected Challenges and dangers faced by Haitian and Haitian-descended youth in the Dominican Republic. In R.T. Middleton, IV (Ed.) Unequal protection of the law: The rights of citizens and non-citizens in comparative perspective, 195-217. St. Paul, MN: West Academic. 

Middleton IV, R.T., and Wigginton, S. (2012).  A comparative analysis of how the framing of jus solis doctrine affects immigrant inclusion into a national identity.  Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, 21 (2), 521-542.

Wigginton, S. (2010). Blackness as a barrier to citizenship and education in the Dominican Republic, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 5 (2), 163-170.

Wigginton, S. (2007). The color of citizenship in the Dominican Republic: Chronicling blackness through education policy and reform. In A. Morris & M. Parker (Eds.), Celebrations and Connections in Hispanic Literature, 40-47. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Wigginton, S. (2006). Hispanidad as ethnic myth and the anti-Haitian nation: An ethno-symbolic approach to understanding Dominican identity, PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association, 10, 51-60.

Wigginton, S. (2006). Banning, becoming and being black in the Dominican Republic: How attitudes about blackness are reflected in education policy and reform," In R. Kirkland & D. Namala (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, 172-179. Carson, California: PCCLAS Secretariat-California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Wigginton, S. (2005). Character or caricature: Representations of blackness in Dominican social science textbooks, Race, Ethnicity and Education, 8 (2), 191-211.

Conference Proceeding

Hettinga, K., Wigginton, S., & Seales, L. (2019). “¿Hablas español? Launching a Spanish-language insert at a small student newspaper.” Refereed Conference Proceeding.
Fifth World Journalism Education Congress, Paris, France.
Pages 399-410. Accessed on August 10, 2020.



Wigginton, S. (2003). Review of the book Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola by Michele Wucker. Journal of Haitian Studies, 9 (2), 181-184.

Wigginton, S. (2009). Review of the book Dominican Cultures: The Making of a Caribbean Society by Bernado Vega, Editor. Journal of Haitian Studies, 15 (1&2), 409-412.


Wigginton, S. (2000). Interview with Blas Jiménez, PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association, 4, 90-92.


Wigginton, S. (1999). [Translation of abstract for journal article "Parasites, porotic hyperostosis, and the implications of changing perspectives," by T.D. Holland & M.J. O'Brien]. American Antiquity, 62 (2), 183-193.


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