Dr. Shondel Nero is Associate Professor of Language Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University (NYU). She holds a doctorate degree in applied linguistics from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and has been teaching at university level for almost 25 years – first at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, then St. John’s University, then NYU since 2007. Her research examines the politics, challenges, and strategies of educating students who speak and/or write in nonstandard varieties of English, World Englishes, and Creoles.
She has extensively researched the linguistic and educational needs of speakers of Caribbean Creole English in New York City schools and colleges. Her work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, and she is the author of three books, most recently (with Dohra Ahmad), Vernaculars in the classroom: Paradoxes, pedagogy, possibilities (Routledge, 2014). She was a Fulbright scholar at UWI, Mona Campus during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Dr. Nero is multilingual (she speaks French and Spanish fluently), loves to travel, and enjoys meeting people from all walks of life.