Sonia Nieto is a Professor of Education, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been a teacher for 35 years, and has taught students at all levels from elementary grades through graduate school.
Her research focuses on multicultural education, the education of Latinos, immigrants, and other culturally and linguistically diverse students, as well as Puerto Rican children's literature. Her books include Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (3rd ed., 2000), The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (1999), and Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools (2000). She also published numerous book chapter and articles in such journals as The Harvard Educational Review, Educational Forum, Multicultural Education, and Theory Into Practice.
Ms. Nieto serves on several national advisory boards that focus on educational equity and social justice. She has received many awards for her advocacy and activism. In addition, she was an Annenberg Institute Senior Fellow (1998-2000) and received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in May 1999. In June 2000, she was awarded a month-long residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy.