Amelia (Amy) Kraehe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Art
Art Bldg, Room 136
PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, Cultural Studies in Education specialization, The University of Texas at Austin
MA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Austin
BA in Studio Art, Economics minor, Wellesley College (magna cum laude)
Dr. Amy Kraehe’s scholarship, teaching and community engagement focus on how the arts and arts education can challenge, as well as reinforce, systems of inequality. She explores this contradiction by investigating the ways in which sociocultural, spatial, political, and economic contexts shape and are shaped by the arts in education; and by examining how hierarchies of power interact with more intimate formations of knowledge, identity, and agency. She employs interdisciplinary theories and methodologies that draw from the social sciences, visual and cultural studies, and critical race studies. Current projects include the IMLS Grant funded project, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at CCAA, that focuses on next-generation equity practices in the art museum.
Dr. Kraehe publishes widely. She co-edited The Palgrave Handbook on Race and the Arts in Education (2018) and Pedagogies in the Flesh: Case Studies on the Embodiment of Sociocultural Differences in Education (2018). Her newest book project is Race and Art Education (under contract). Her research is published in peer-reviewed academic journals, including Studies in Art Education, International Journal of Education and the Arts, Race Ethnicity and Education, The Urban Review, Equity and Excellence in Education, Educational Studies, and Teaching Education. Her research may also be found in edited collections, such as Intersectionality and Urban Education: Identities, Policies, Spaces and Power (2014), The Education of Black Males in a Post-Racial World (2012), and the forthcoming Routledge Encyclopedia of Education.
She currently is Senior Editor of Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association and an elected member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education. She has served on the editorial review boards of the journals Art Education, International Journal of Education and the Arts, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, and Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy and has been an invited peer reviewer for The Urban Review, Curriculum Inquiry, and Educational Studies.
Dr. Kraehe presently serves on the College of Fine Arts Diversity and Inclusion Committee and as Faculty Advisor to the UA NAEA Student Chapter. Her teaching and service at the University of Arizona is informed by a breadth of professional experiences. Amy taught in Title 1 public schools and later was a gallery educator in an art museum program designed for underrepresented groups of middle grade students. She also worked as an arts administrator developing community-university partnerships to provide arts-intensive learning and leadership experiences for low-income, Black, and Latinx youth. Before joining the University of Arizona faculty, Amy earned tenure at the University of North Texas where she also served as a peer-mentor for women of color faculty and was engaged in the community as a consultant for the area's largest school district, helping to reimagine arts-rich education in urban schools.
She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Cultural Studies in Education and an M.A. in Art Education from The University of Texas at Austin. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in Studio Art and Economics minor.