He received a PhD in Education Policy from the University of Arkansas in 2012, with studies in econometrics, statistics, and program evaluation. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2000, having served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the late Judge David A. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2000-01, and then for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2001-02.
Stuart is the author of Acting White, a book on the history of education in the African-American community, published by Yale University Press in May 2010. Sandra Yamate, of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, said, "This groundbreaking book is a must-read for anyone interested in diversity and inclusion issues." On The New Republic's website, John McWhorter called Stuart's work "the best race book of the year."
His other academic writings include:
- Stuart Buck and Jay P. Greene, “Blocked, Diluted, and Co-opted: Interest groups wage war against merit pay,” Education Next 11 no. 2 (2011).
- Jay P. Greene, Jonathan N. Mills, and Stuart Buck, “The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program’s Effect on School Integration.” Report for the School Choice Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas (2010).
- Stuart Buck, Gary W. Ritter, Nathan C. Jensen, and Caleb P. Rose. “Teachers Say the Most Interesting Things - An Alternative View of Testing.” Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 91, No. 6 (March 2010): pp. 50-54.
- Stuart Buck and Jay P. Greene, "The Case for Special Education Vouchers," Education Next, 10 no. 1 (Winter 2010).
- Josh Barro and Stuart Buck, “Underfunded Teacher Pensions: It’s Worse Than You Think,” Manhattan Institute Civic Report 61 (April 2010).
- Gary W. Ritter, Robert Maranto, and Stuart Buck, "Harnessing Private Incentives in Public Education," Review of Public Personnel Administration, 29 no. 3 (2009): 249-269.
- “The Common Law and the Environment in the Courts,” 58 CASE WESTERN LAW REVIEW 621 (2008).
- “TELRIC vs. Universal Service: A Takings Violation?,” 56 FED. COMM. L.J. 1 (2003).
- “Salerno vs. Chevron: What to Do About Statutory Challenges,” 55 ADMIN. L. REV. 427 (2003).
- “Replacing Spectrum Auctions with a Spectrum Commons,” 2 STAN. TECH. L. REV. 2 (2002).
- Stuart Buck and Bruce Yandle. “Bootleggers, Baptists, and the Global Warming Battle,” 26 HARV. ENVT’L L. REV. 177 (2002).
- Stuart Buck and Mark Rienzi. “Federal Courts, Overbreadth, and Vagueness: Guiding Principles for Constitutional Challenges to Uninterpreted State Statutes,” 2002 UTAH L. REV. 381.
Stuart has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and has been a panelist at major academic conferences, including those sponsored by the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, the Association for Education Finance and Policy, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance, and Stanford Law School.
A native of Arkansas, Stuart attended the University of Georgia to study classical guitar performance, receiving a B.Mus. degree in 1995 as a First Honor (4.0) Graduate. He then received the M.Mus. degree with highest honors in 1997. During this time, he studied with the noted guitar teacher John Sutherland. He was a National Finalist in the 1994 American String Teachers Association Competition, and a winner of the 1997 University of Georgia Concerto Competition.
Stuart has a classical guitar album titled, "From Mozart to Tchaikovsky: A Classical Guitar Collection for Children." It features several classical tunes written for children (or by a child, in the case of Mozart), as well as several popular folk tunes that children love. It is available on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.
Stuart and his wife Farah are the parents of six children, two of whom are adopted (one from Haiti). In his occasional spare time, he enjoys reading, running, lifting weights (his PR deadlift is 515), basketball, and gardening. At age 13, he obtained the highest class of amateur radio license (callsign KA5YSW), and was elected as the 250th member of a worldwide club for people who can use Morse Code at a rate of 40+ words per minute.