Sheva Zucker is the author of the textbooks Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture, Vols. I and II. She taught Yiddish and Jewish literature for many years at Duke University in North Carolina and in the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program under the auspices of Columbia University and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. She was for several years the translation editor of the Pakn Treger, the magazine of the National Yiddish Book Center and writes on women in Yiddish literature. She recently retired from her position as the executive director of the League for Yiddish and the editor of its magazine Afn shvel.