Eva Michelle Wheeler

Associate Professor

Contact Information:



Ruane Center for the Humanities 235


Ph.D. - Hispanic Languages and Literatures University of California, Santa Barbara

J.D. - Jurisprudence New York University School of Law

Brief Biography:

Professor Wheeler is a sociocultural linguist whose work frames language as a lens for interdisciplinary inquiry. Her research questions have explored the construction of ideas about race, beauty, and meaning in Spanish-speaking settings in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Central Africa. Through her methodology-driven research, Professor Wheeler seeks to examine social phenomena in new ways and to give a voice in academic literature to underrepresented groups. To this end, she has presented her work at international conferences on linguistics, anthropology, and Latin American Studies and has published articles in journals such as Sociolinguistic Studies, The Black Scholar, and Caribe.

While developing and teaching courses in Spanish and linguistics, Professor Wheeler has worked to infuse the curriculum with perspectives on the African diaspora in the Spanish-speaking world and on Afro-Latinx representation in culture, film, and media. In Black Studies courses, she emphasizes intersectionality and diasporic perspectives.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Sociocultural Linguistics: with an emphasis on the intersections of language and race

Black Studies: with an emphasis on language, race, and diasporic positioning

Latin American Studies: with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Afro-diasporic identities

Translation Studies: with an emphasis on the translation of racial language

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