Saint Louis University

School of Education Faculty

Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Educational Studies

3500 Lindell Blvd.
Fitzgerald Hall 201
Phone: (314) 977-2326
Fax: (314) 977-2594

Curriculum Vitae

Brief Bio
Jennifer Buehler taught high school English for ten years before earning her doctorate from the University of Michigan's Joint Program in English and Education. During that time she also served as a Teacher Consultant for the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project. Jennifer's research focuses on teaching and learning in urban schools, the experiences of marginalized students, and trends and innovations in young adult literature. Jennifer won the Dimond Award at the University of Michigan in 2010 and the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award in 2011 for her ethnographic work on urban school culture. Her current research, which has been supported by a semester-long faculty research leave, a SLU Presidential Research Fund Award, and a Beaumont Faculty Development Grant, examines the challenges faced by dropout and disconnected youth returning to high school. Jennifer's articles and essays have appeared in English Journal; English Education; The ALAN Review; Multicultural Perspectives; Race, Ethnicity and Education; the American Educational Research Journal; and the Journal of Teacher Education. Jennifer is also the host of Text Messages, a monthly young adult literature podcast sponsored by

Ph.D. in English and Education, University of Michigan

M.A. in English, Eastern Michigan University
B.A. in American Studies, Yale University

Teaching Areas
Young Adult Literature

Content Area Literacy

The Teaching of Writing

Methods of Teaching English

Foundations of Urban Education

Research Interests
Urban Education

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy


Discourse Analysis

Young Adult Literature

Community and Professional Service
ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) President-Elect, 2014-2015
ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) Board of Directors, 2009-2012
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee, 2009
Manuscript reviewer for English Journal, The ALAN Review, and Research in the Teaching of 

Selected Publications
Buehler, J. (2013). "There's a problem, and we've got to face it": How staff members 
wrestled with race in an urban high school. Race Ethnicity and Education, 16(5), 629-652.

 Buehler, J., Plumb, D., & Walsh, J. (2013). "Young adult literature book awards: A guide for 
newcomers to the field." The ALAN Review, 40(3), 63-74.

Buehler, J. (2010). "Their lives are beautiful, too": How Matt de la Peña illuminates the lives 
of urban teens. The ALAN Review, 37(2), 36-43.

Buehler, J., Gere, A.R., Dallavis, C., & Haviland, V. (2009). Normalizing the fraughtness: How 
emotion, race, and school context complicate cultural competence. Journal of Teacher 
Education, 60(4), 408-418.

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