Jennifer Ruef studies and teaches best practices for learning and making sense of mathematics. Her decades of experience as a classroom teacher inform her research, and in turn, her research is reflected in her work with mathematics teachers and students. Jennifer’s research centers on issues of social justice and equity. This includes studying how students identify themselves, or are identified by others, as being “good at math;” and the ways in which students and teachers learn to make sense of mathematics and construct convincing and powerful arguments.
Ph.D., 2016, Stanford University
Major: Curriculum and Teacher Education, Secondary Mathematics Education
M.S., 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Mathematics Education
B.S., 1990, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Secondary Mathematics Education
Certification: Secondary Mathematics Education, Grades 6-12
Honors and Awards
2017 Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Service, Teaching, and Research (STaR) Fellowship
2015 Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity Grant, Stanford Vice Provost for Education
2015-2016 Fellowship, Stanford Graduate Voice and Influence Program
2015 Dissertation Support Grant Stanford Graduate School of Education
2009 Madison Metropolitan School District Distinguished Service Award/High School Teacher of the Year
Refereed Journal Articles
Ruef, J., Walker, G. K., Beavert, V., and Jacob, M. (in press) Why Indigenous languages matter for mathematics education: A case study of Ichishkíin. Education Studies in Mathematics.
Ruef, J. (in press). How Ms. Mayen and her students co-constructed "good at math." Journal of Research in Mathematics Education.
Ruef, J. & Torres, A. (in press). A menu of risk-taking Scaffolds. Mathematics Teacher: Teaching and Learning PK-12.
Lo, M. & Ruef, J. (2020). Student or teacher? A look at how students facilitate public sensemaking during collaborative groupwork. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education. 13(1), 15-33. https://journals.tdl.org/jume
Ruef, J. (2020). Visions of the possible: Using drawings to elicit and support visions of teaching mathematics. Mathematics Teacher Educator, 8(2), 59-80. https://doi.org/10.5951/mte-2019-0010
Ruef, J., Sweeny, S., and Willingham, J. C. (2020). Re-envisioning "good at math:" A case study of positive transformation. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology. 11(3), 383-393. http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/article/view/624
Ruef, J. (2020). What gets checked at the door? Embracing students' complex math identities. Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. 10(1), 22-38. https://doi.org/10.5642/jhummath.202001.04 Ruef, J., Johnson, S., Jacob, M., Jansen, J., and Beavert, V. (2020). Why STEM needs Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology. 11(3), 429-439. http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/article/view/662
Ruef, J. (2018). Finding Lucien B. Kinney. Vitae Scholasticae, 35, 25-49. ISSN: 0735-1909
Ruef, J. (2016). The power of being wrong: Inviting students into mathematical apprenticeships. New England Mathematics Journal, 43, 6-16.
Ruef, J. (2018, November 6). How to help students heal from 'math trauma.' Education Week Teacher. https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2018/11/06/how-to-help-studentsheal-from-math.html
Ruef, J. (2018, November 1). Think you're bad at math? You may suffer from 'math trauma.' The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/thinkyoure-bad-at-math-you-may-suffer-from-math-trauma-104209
Ruef, J. (2018, March 12). Celebrating Marion Walter--and other unsung female mathematicians. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/celebrating-marion-walter-and-otherunsung-female-mathematicians-92249
Ruef, J. (2018, February 28). Teachers prep for unnatural disasters--like school shootings. The San Francisco Chronicle. https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Teachers-prepstudents-for-unnatural-disasters-12718142.php
Ruef, J. (2017, July 21). Wonder Woman offers new view of power structure. The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Wonder-Woman-offers-a-new-view-of-power-11305840.php