Victoria Núñez

  • Assistant Professor, Literacy and Multilingual Studies
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Victoria Núñez, Ph.D., is a New York-born scholar of U.S. Latinx studies, bilingual education, and English as a new language instruction at Mercy College. Her interdisciplinary research addresses second language writing, teacher preparation for multilingual education, access in higher education, and the foundations of multilingual/multicultural education.

Dr. Núñez has presented in state-wide and national meetings, addressing Latinx community literacy practices in TESOL education, folklore, and incorporating parent and community cultural funds of knowledge in K-12 schools. Dr. Núñez’s scholarship draws inspiration from her background as a scholar, a parent of an emergent bilingual child, and a parent activist. She builds bridges between the College and the community through her diversity and equity volunteer work on the Tarrytown Public Schools Diversity and Equity Team, and a Mercy College representative on the Rivertown Parent Education Steering Committee.

Further, her research interests include global discussions of multilingualism and bilingual education. To that end, she is publishing a chapter in a forthcoming volume, Critical Understandings of Latinx and Global Education (Dec., 2021, Brill). She edited a volume of The Global Education Review on New Perspectives on Bilingualism, Biliteracy and Biculturalism in a Globalized World in 2015.

Her most recent publication, “Remembering Pura Belpre’s Early Career: Interracial Cooperation and Puerto Rican Settlement During the Harlem Renaissance,” continues her interdisciplinary research on the history of U.S. Latinx communities. She collaborates in an ongoing fashion with the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños of the City University of New York as it continues to develop bilingual resources that present Puerto Rican folklore and other history to students of all ages.

She is a founding faculty member of a new (2020) 5 year Master's Degree Program for Spanish majors at Mercy College that will lead to a M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

M.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston

B.A., Tufts University

Research interests include multilingualism, second language writing, access in higher education, Puerto Rican and Dominican Migrants in the U.S., diversity and equity in K-12 education, Latinx educational history.

Dr. Nunez's interests in teacher education are in ESL and Bilingual Education, second language writing and Latinx studies. She has worked with second language writers in higher education, the Boston Public Schools and adult literacy programs.

Dr. Nunez teaches upper level courses in the TESOL Master's program at Mercy, the Bilingual Extension program, and occasionally an introductory course on teaching English as a new language. 

FORTHCOMING PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Nunez,V. Desde el Local Hasta el Global, Second Language Writing Approaches in Teacher Education for Multilingual Preservice Teachers. In Eds. M. Machado-Casas and Y. Medina, Critical Understandings of Latinx and Global Education. Brill. (Forthcoming, Dec. 2021);

Selected ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

Núñez, V.  (2017). Remembering Pura Belpre’s Early Career: Interracial Cooperation and Puerto Rican Settlement During the Harlem Renaissance. In Ed. C.Vargas-Ramos, Race, Front and Center: Perspectives on Race among Puerto Ricans. New York: Center for Puerto Rican Studies Press.

Núñez, V. (2017). Smartphone Apps to Develop Language and Literacy for Early Childhood Emergent Bilingual Children.  Idiom, A Quarterly Publication of the New York State TESOL Association, 47, 15-18.

Vega Ferrer, A., Nunez, V., Mercado, C. (2015). New Perspectives on Bilingualism, Biliteracy and Biculturalism in a Globalized World, An Introduction. Global Education Review. 2 (1), 10-14. 

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTS

Núñez, V.  (2015). Documentary Teaching Guide: Pura Belpre. New York:  Center for Puerto Rican Studies. https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/education/pura-belpr%C3%A9-documentary-teaching-guide

Núñez, V.  (2015). Documentary Teaching Guide: Frank Bonilla. New York:  Center for Puerto Rican Studies.https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/education/dr-frank-bonilla-documentary-teaching-guide

“Interview of V.Núñez” in Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Producer). (2011). Pura Belpré, Storyteller [DVD documentary]. Available from http://hunter.cuny.edu/centropr