Alexander Cuenca, Ph.D.
3500 Lindell Blvd.
Phone: (314) 977-8178
Alexander Cuenca is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Education at Saint Louis University. He taught middle school social studies in Miami, Florida before earning his Ph.D. in Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia. His research examines social studies teaching and learning, teacher learning during the student teaching experience, and the pedagogy of teacher education. Most recently, Dr. Cuenca's work has focused on examining ways to leverage the professional preparation of social studies teachers to address issues of socioeconomic inequality and cultivate interdependence between school, teacher and community. Dr. Cuenca is currently the associate editor of the Georgi Social Studies Journal, editor of the forthcoming book, Supervising Student Teachers: Issues, Perspectives and Future Directions for Field-Based Teacher Education, and is an active member of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Educational Research Association.
Ph. D. in Social Studies Education, University of Georgia
M.S. in Social Studies Education, Florida International University
B.A. in Religious Studies/Economics, University of Miami
Social Studies Curriculum & Methods
Democracy, Justice and Community
Social Studies Teaching and Learning
Education for Democracy
Cuenca, A., Schmeichel, M., Butler, B.M., Dinkelman, T., Nichols, J.R. (2011). Creating a "third space" in student teaching: Implications for the university supervisor's status as an outsider. Teaching and Teacher Educaction, 27(7), 1068-1077.
Cuenca, A. (2011). Democratic means for democratic ends: The possibilities of Bakhtin's dialogic pedagogy for social studies. The Social Studies, 102(1), 42-48.
Cuenca, A. (2010). In loco paedagogus: The pedagogy of a novice university supervisor. Studying Teacher Education, 6(1), 29-43.
Cuenca, A. (2010). Self-Study research: Surfacing the art of pedagogy in teacher education. Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 392), 15-29.
Cuenca, A. (2010). Care, thoughtfulness, and tact: A conceptual framework for university supervisors. Teacher Education, 21(3), 263-278.