Cynthia Nelson is a writer, researcher, and education consultant who has published extensively in applied linguistics. At the University of Technology, Sydney, and The University of Sydney, she designed and led development programs for research students and research supervisors.
She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Language and Sexuality, and is the author of Sexual Identities in English Language Education: Classroom Conversations (Routledge). Her play Queer as a Second Language has been performed in Australia, Japan, the UK and the US. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Newcastle Poetry Prize and is currently completing a memoir.
Cynthia previously held the position of Honorary Associate with SSESW from 2 March 2015 to 1 March 2017, during which she made a valuable contribution, offering customised workshops for research postgraduates on writing research questions and literature reviews. During her current appointment, Cynthia will provide occasional small-group sustained support on academic writing for research students, offering her substantive expertise in this area. She is an active researcher with publications planned for the conferral period that she aims to use this affiliation.