Jennifer Ruef

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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
Advisor: Professor Jo Boaler

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. & Torres∞, A. (in press). A menu of risk-taking scaffolds. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.

Ruef, J. (in press). Finding Lucien B. Kinney. Vitae Scholasticae.

Ruef, J. (2016). The power of being wrong: Inviting students into mathematical apprenticeships. New England Mathematics Journal, 43, 6-16.

Editorial Work

Ruef, J. (2018, November 6). How to help students heal from 'math trauma.' Education Week Teacher.

Ruef, J. (2018, November 1). Think you're bad at math? You may suffer from 'math trauma.' The Conversation.

Ruef, J. (2018, March 12). Celebrationg Marion Walter--and other unsung female mathematicians. The Conversation.

Ruef, J. (2018, February 28). Teachers prep for unnatural disasters--like school shootings. The San Francisco Chronicle.