Olsen, B. (2016/2010). Teaching for Success: Developing your Teacher Identity in Today’s Classroom (2nd ed). New York: Routledge. 

Quartz, K.H., Olsen, B., Anderson, L., and Barraza Lyons, K. (2009). Making a Difference: Constructing Meaningful Careers in Education. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Olsen, B. (2008). Teaching what they learn, learning what they live: How Teachers' Personal Histories Shape Their Professional Development. New York: Routledge.


Olsen, B., Garcia, S., Gomez, S., and Iriarte, N. (2021). Teaching and Learning in Five Charter Schools in Bogota, Colombia: Results from a Mixed-Methods Study. 

Garcia, S., Olsen, B., and Simbaqueba, A. (2021). Teaching Quality in Colombia: Analyzing Twenty Years of Awarding a National Best-Teacher Prize. European Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 44, (3) 

Olsen, B. and Buchanan, R. (2019). An Investigation of Teachers Encouraged to Reform Grading Practices in Secondary Schools. American Educational Research Journal. 56(5). 2004-2039.

Olsen, B. and Buchanan, R. (2017). "Everyone wants you to do everything:” Investigating the professional identity development of teacher educators. Teacher Education Quarterly, 44(1). 9-34.

Olsen, B. and Sexton, D. (2009). Threat rigidity, school reform, and how teachers view their work inside current education policy contexts. American Educational Research Journal, 46(1), 9-44.

Olsen, B. (2008). How Reasons for Entry into the Profession Illuminate Teacher Identity Development. Teacher Education Quarterly, 35(3).

Quartz, K., Thomas, A., Anderson, L., Masyn, K., Barraza Lyons, K., and Olsen, B. (2008). Careers in Motion: A Longitudinal Retention Study of Role Changing Among Early Career Urban Educators. Teachers College Record, 110(1). 218-250.

Olsen, B. and Anderson, L. (2007). Courses of action: A qualitative investigation into urban teacher retention and career development. Urban Education 42(1). 5-29.

Anderson, L. and Olsen, B. (2006). Investigating teachers’ perspectives on and experiences in early career professional development. Journal of Teacher Education, 57(4). 359-377.

Olsen, B. (2006). Using sociolinguistic methods to uncover speaker meaning in teacher interview transcripts. The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 19(2). 147-161.

Olsen, B. and Kirtman, L. (2002). Teacher as mediator of school reform: An examination of teacher practice in 36 California restructuring schools. Teachers College Record, 104(2). 301-324.

Book Chapters

Olsen, B., Buchanan, R., Hewko, C. (2022). Recent Trends in Teacher Identity Research and Pedagogy. In The Palgrave Handbook of Teacher Education Research. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Buchanan, R. and Olsen, B. (2018). Teacher identity in the current teacher education landscape. In P. Schutz, J. Hong, and D. Cross Francis (Eds.) Research on teacher identity: Mapping challenges and innovations. New York: Springer.

Olsen, B. (2013). Learning from experience: A teacher-identity perspective. In V. Ellis and J. Orchard (Eds.) Learning teaching from experience: Multiple perspectives, international contexts. London: Bloomsbury Publishers. 

Olsen, B. (2011). “I am Large, I Contain Multitudes”: Teacher Identity as Useful Frame for Research, Practice, and Diversity in Teacher Education. In A. Ball and C. Tyson (Eds.) The American Educational Research Association Handbook on Studying Diversity in Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Quartz, K., Olsen, B., and Duncan-Andrade, J. (2008). The fragility of urban teaching: A longitudinal study of career development and activism. In F. Peterman (Ed.) Resiliency, resistance, and persistence in transcending traditional boundaries: Communities partnering to prepare urban teachers. Washington DC: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Press.

Hoffman-Kipp, P. and Olsen, B. (2007). Accessing praxis, practicing theory: Theorizing practice in social justice teachers’ first year of teaching. In M. and P. Finn (Eds.) Teacher education with an attitude. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Olsen, B., with Lane, S., Metcalfe, E., Priselac, J., Suzuki, G., and Williams, R.J. (2005). Center X: Where research and practice intersect for urban school professionals–A portrait of the teacher education program at the University of California, Los Angeles. In P. Jenlink (Ed.) Portraits of teacher preparation: Learning to teach in a changing America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


Olsen, B. (2023). Government decisionmaking on education in low- and middle-income countries: Understanding the fit among innovation, scaling strategy, and broader environment. Brookings research report: 

 Olsen, B. et al  (2022). Deepening Education Impact: Emerging Lessons from 14 Teams Scaling Innovations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Brookings research report.

Olsen, B. et al  (2022). How do government decision makers adopt educations for scale? Brookings research report.

Olsen, B. (2021). Teacher quality around the world: What’s currently happening and how can the present inform the future? Guest editor for European Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 44(3): Teacher Education and Teacher Quality Around the World: A Comparative Perspective.

Olsen, B. (2021- ) Blog series on Research on Scaling the Impact of Education Innovations (ROSIE). 

Olsen, B. (2012). "Identity Theory, Teacher Education, and Diversity." In J. Banks (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications. 

Olsen, B. (2011-12) Contributor to Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) Conditions of Education blog. Available here.

Olsen, B. (2010). General editor for The Teacher’s Toolkit (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers).

Olsen, B. (2008). “Teachers should be part of school reform process.” Op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Olsen, B. (2008). “Introducing Teacher Identity and This Volume.” Teacher Education Quarterly, 35(3) Available here.

Olsen, B. (2008). Teacher Identity as Useful Frame for Study and Practice of Teacher Education. Guest editor for special issue of the Teacher Education Quarterly, 35(3).