Jennifer S. Dean


Dean, J.S. (2016). Object of desire. In Mary Dalton (Ed.) Screen Lessons: What I have learned from teachers on television and in the movies. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers.

Dean, J.S., Goering, C.Z., and Nutt, T. (2016). Motivating dialogue: When seventh graders own their learning through discourse analysisVoices from the Middle, 23(4). 

Goering, C.Z., Dean, J.S., Flammang, B. (2016). Preparing teachers in the time of Superman: The accountability narrative of education documentaries. In Melanie Shoffner (Ed.) Saviors, scapegoats, and schoolmarms: Examining the classroom teacher in fiction and film for teacher education. New York, NY: Routledge Publishing.



Member, Harvard University Global Literature Online Book Club for Educators.


Member, One Book, One Community Planning Committee, University of Arkansas.


Child Life Volunteer, Cook Children’s Medical Center.


Jennifer (Jen) S. Dean currently teaches English and serves as department head at Leander Middle School just north of Austin, Texas. She is also the founder of The Skin We Are In, a website and podcast dedicated to telling women's stories with the goal of revealing how women both define and embody what it means to be a woman today.

Jennifer received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington (2005) magna cum laude and an M.A. in Teaching (2014) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to her current professional and scholarly roles, Jennifer was the National Research Assistant at 826 National in San Francisco in addition to working in museum administration at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Jennifer’s research seeks to link public policy and education in several areas. She has published on the relationship between education policy and perceptions of teachers in the media. She also researches and writes about the development of student voice through classroom curriculums that emphasize social justice and empathy. Furthermore, she works to create sustainable partnerships between schools and art museums as well as cultural institutions.