Steve Buechler is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended UW-Milwaukee and financed his undergraduate education by playing the drums in a rock and roll band. After earning a couple more academic degrees, he embarked on a lengthy academic career.
When he wasn’t playing professor, his favorite pastimes have included paddling Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, cruising the Mediterranean, playing poker in Las Vegas, and patronizing a local pool hall. He lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with his wife Susan Scott. He is also on Facebook @SteveBuechlerAuthor.
One year before his retirement date, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and treated with chemotherapy, radiation and a double umbilical cord blood transplant. Throughout this time, he turned his writing skills to narrating his cancer odyssey. While doctors treated his disease, telling his story maintained his sanity.
Memoir Writer/Cancer Community Writing
Steve’s writing history has taken a path from academic scholarship to cancer memoir and a wide variety of topics in the cancer community. His academic background as a sociologist informs his memoir How Steve Became Ralph: A Cancer/Stem Cell Odyssey (with Jokes) as well as the blog posts and articles you can access below.
Steve’s blog can be read here.
Steve’s articles can be read here.
Steve has a Ph.D. in sociology and has had a long career teaching at the college level, most recently at Minnesota State University at Mankato, beginning in 1986. His interests include social movements, social theory, social stratification, political sociology, social change, and race/class/gender.
His academic vitae is available here.
2014 Critical Sociology. 2nd edition. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
2011 Understanding Social Movements: Theories from the Classical Era to the Present. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. (One of Choice Magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Titles” of 2012).
2008 Critical Sociology. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
2000 Social Movements in Advanced Capitalism: The Political Economy and Cultural Construction of Social Activism. New York: Oxford University Press.
1997 Social Movements: Perspectives and Issues. Co-edited with F. Kurt Cylke. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company.
1990 Women’s Movements in the United States: Woman Suffrage, Equal Rights and Beyond. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
1986 The Transformation of the Woman Suffrage Movement: The Case of Illinois, 1850-1920. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.