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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. Dr. Cuenca is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education for 21st Century Citizenship. He 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
Democracy, Justice and Community
Nichols J.R. & Cuenca, A. (2015). The roadmaps, one destination: The economic progress paradigm in teacher education accountability in Georgia and Missouri. Action in Teacher Education.
Cuenca, A. & Nichols, J.R. (2014). Ferguson is about us too: A call to explore our communities. Social Education. 78(5), 248-253.
Cuenca, A. (2013). Supervising Student Teachers: Issues, Perspectives, and Future Directions for Field-Based Teacher Education. Sense Publishers.
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 Education, 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.
Missouri Faculty Representative, Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation
Office of Higher Education Appointee, Missouri Social Studies 6-12 Standards Work Group
Executive Board, Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Executive Board, National Council for the Social Studies College and University Faculty Assembly
Chair, National Council for the Social Studies Standards for Social Studies Teachers
Member, Commission on Social Justice and Access to Equitable Education, Association of Teacher Educators