Manisha Sharma, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Art

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Ph.D. Art Education, The Ohio State University, USA;
M.A. Art Education, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, USA;
B.F.A. Applied Arts, Delhi College of Art, India

Teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate (M.A, & Ph.D) students.
Classes taught at the University of Arizona include:
    Community, Culture & Art Education
    Curriculum Theory in AVCE,
    Diversity Issues in AVCE,
    Teaching Art & Visual Culture Education (Saturday School program),
    Introduction to South Asian Visual Culture (General Education)
    Technology in Art and Visual Culture Education
    Graduate Seminars In Art Education: Mobility, Migration, & Border Crossings;
                                                              Postcolonial and Decolonizing Methods

Research areas:

  • Postcolonial Globalization theories & Decolonization methods in Contemporary Art & Art Education
  • South Asian contemporary art and visual culture
  • Disciplinary borders and borderlands
  • Community oriented visual culture education
  • Social justice art education
  • Intersectional Feminism in art and visual culture education

Sharma’s research examines how perceptions of culture and community are formed, internalized, and acted out within communities, through production and consumption of art and visual culture artifacts.

-2017 Outstanding Art Educator of the Year in Higher Education, Arizona Art Education Association
-2014 Outstanding Dissertation Doctoral Research Award, International Society for Education in Art (InSEA)
-2012 Barkan Dissertation Award, Ohio State University Department of Arts Administration, Education & Policy

Professional Service:
-Coordinator: Caucus of Social Theory, National Art Education Association
-Editorial Review board member (peer reviewed):  Art Education journal, Visual Arts Research (VAR), Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (JCREA), Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (JSTAE), Popular Inquiry: The journal of kitsch, camp and mass culture, InSEA i-magazine

Previous work experience includes teaching art, design and photography in k-12 schools in the United States, Japan and Mexico, and in community, and museum settings.

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