Sheridan  Wigginton

Sheridan Wigginton, Ph.D.

(805) 493-3358
Swenson 235

Office Hours: On sabbatical until January 2019


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 Chinese, French, German, Italian, 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, Critical Pedagogy, National Identity in Textbooks


Wigginton, S. and Middleton IV. R.T. (under contract).  Unmastering the Script: The Struggle to Reconcile the Haitian Other in Dominican Identity.  University of Alabama Press.  Estimated publication date:  Spring 2019.

Wigginton, S. and Middleton IV. R.T. (accepted).  Citizenship, Education, and Human Trafficking: The Challenges and Dangers Haitian and Haitian-Descended Youth Face in the Dominican Republic.  In Haitian Youth in the Americas: Generations, Transnational Processes and Identities, to be published by Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal.

Expected completion date:  June 2016.

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. (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. (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

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.

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. (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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