Marialuisa Di Stefano

New England Co-Representative

(CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)


Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Tel: (413) 545-3675


Marialuisa Di Stefano is a teacher educator at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She teaches courses in second language acquisition, bilingual and dual-language education, including teaching content knowledge (e.g., science, math, engineering, social studies) in a second or foreign language. She is an expert in assisting teachers during their initial and professional licensure process. Dr. Di Stefano completed a postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphasis on bilingual education and cultural studies from Utah State University. Di Stefano is a multilingual and multicultural educator, researcher, and advocate for historically marginalized groups in education. Her research interest lies in bridging perspectives between STEAM education, bilingual education, and transnational civic education, and how such intersections may lead to a more equitable education system. Di Stefano is currently working on an NSF DRK-12 grant project to facilitate professional development opportunities around engineering education in dual language classes, specifically for K-5 bilingual teachers who work with Latinx/Latiné emergent bilingual students.