Sonia Nieto

Sonia Nieto has devoted her professional life to questions of diversity, equity, and social justice in education. Professor Emerita in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the College of Education, University of Massachusetts, she has taught students from elementary grades through doctoral studies. Nieto’s research focuses on multicultural and bilingual education, teacher education, and the education of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has written or edited thirteen books, including, most recently, a book with her daughter Alicia López, a long-time middle school teacher, Teaching, A Life’s Work: A Mother/Daughter Dialogue (Teachers College Press, 2019). In addition to her more academic books, she has also penned a memoir, Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education (Harvard Education Press, 2015). Her first book, Affirming Diversity, now in its 7th edition (the 5th through 7th editions were co-authored by her colleague Patty Bode), is used widely in teacher education courses in the United States and abroad, and the first edition (1992) was selected for the Museum of Education’s Education Readers’ Guide as one of the 100 books that helped define the field of education in the twentieth century. Nieto has also written dozens of book chapters and articles in such journals as The Harvard Education Review, Educational Leadership, Journal of Latinos and Education, and The New Educator, among others. She is editor of the Language, Culture, and Teaching Series (Routledge) and the Visions of Practice Series (Teachers College Press), books written by classroom teachers about their philosophy and practice. In addition to 9 honorary doctorates in the United States and abroad, Nieto has also received numerous awards for her scholarly work, teaching, activism, and advocacy including most recently the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has been a Visiting Scholar at various universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, and South Africa. In 2011, she was elected a Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi and a Fellow of AERA, and in 2015, she was elected a member of the National Academy of Education. Nieto is profiled in Inside the Academy, a free, open-source website that features archives of video interviews with America’s most distinguished and influential educational researchers.

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