Educator, researcher, writer, and teacher, Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taught students from elementary school through doctoral studies and her research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants, and other students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
She has written many journal articles and book chapters and several books on these topics including most recently Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (6th ed, 2012, with Patty Bode), The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (2nd edition, 2010), Language, Culture, and Teaching: Critical Perspectives (2nd ed, 2010), and Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds.
She serves on several regional and national advisory boards that focus on educational equity and social justice, and she has received many awards for her scholarship, teaching, and advocacy, including four honorary doctorates.
She was selected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and as a Laureate for Kappa Delta Pi in 2011, and in 2012 she served as the Wits-Claude Distinguished Scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
She is married to Angel Nieto, a former teacher, poet, and children’s book writer, and they have three daughters and twelve grandchildren.