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Portrait of Evelyn Nadeau

Evelyn Nadeau, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts in Administrative and Legal Processes (Pre-law), Mills College, Oakland, California

Master of Arts in Spanish, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

Doctor of Philosophy, Spanish (Emphasis: Latin American Literature), University of California, Davis, California

Teaching Philosophy

The fundamental concept that guides my teaching is the empowerment of students, which translates to learning that is active and experiential, student-centered, set within a cultural context, and enjoyable. I also believe that what happens as part of the class should open us up to new perspectives and experiences even after the course ends.

I look forward to spending time with my Clarke family—students, staff, and other faculty—and I find that even though my role is to help facilitate the learning of my students, in reality, everyone else in our community of learners has something to teach me as well.

Evelyn Nadeau


Professional Background

I began teaching at the university level when I was a graduate student, and later taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Ensenada, Mexico, and at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, before coming to Clarke.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Latin American Narrative
  • Latinx politics and culture
  • Latin American history, politics, and culture
  • Immigration

Courses Taught

  • Spanish Conversation, Composition, and Grammar
  • Seminar in Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Spanish Translation
  • Spanish in the U.S.: Language and Culture

Certifications and Memberships

  • Chair of the Language and Literature Department 2010-2016
  • Co-Coordinator of Study Abroad 2004-present
  • Member of the Academic Advising Committee 2008-present
  • Member of the Faculty Policy Committee 2012-2016
  • Chair of the International Education Committee 2004-present
  • Member of the Clarke University Education Advisory Committee 2011-present
  • First-year and Spanish major and minor advisor, 2003-present
  • Founding member of Dubuque Council of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)
  • Member of the Racial Disparity Subcommittee of the City of Dubuque Human Rights Commission
  •  Member of Dubuque for Refugee Children
  • Member of the Culture of Non-Violence Coalition
  • Member, Dubuque Chapter of the NAACP
  • Delegate, Dubuque Area Congregations United
  • Member and current president of the Dubuque U.N. International Day of Peace Coordinating Committee
  • Volunteer at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center
  • Publications

    Nadeau, E. 2009. “Las islas nuevas de María Luisa Bombal: La revelación de la otredad reprimida en la narrativa neofantástica hispanoamericana” in Escritoras y compromiso. Literatura española e hispanoamericana de los siglos XX y XXI, Ángeles Encinar and Carmen Valcárcel, eds., Visor Libros, Biblioteca Filológica Hispana, Madrid, 2009.

  • Presentations

    Nadeau, E. 2015. Mystics and Muses as the New Mestizas: Applying Anzaldúa’s Border Theory to the Lives and Work of Santa Teresa de Ávila and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Presented at the 2015 Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH) conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.