Associate Professor of Education, Art Education, and Asian Studies
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Dr. Powell holds a dual appointment in the School of Visual Arts, where she is currently Graduate Coordinator of Art Education and in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, where she teaches in the Language, Culture and Society program. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Asian Studies Department and an affiliate fellow with the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2003. Her research interests include the arts as intercultural practices of identity and social inquiry, embodiment, public pedagogy, sensory and arts-based research methodologies, ethnography, and educational anthropology. Her current research includes StoryWalks, an exploration into walking as an artful practice of placemaking, identity, and social inquiry, which is part of an international research initiative on walking as research-creation. She has published both within and outside of the field of art education in order to create a dialogue across disciplinary borders about the arts in and as everyday life. Her work appears in journals such as Anthropology & Education Quarterly, International Journal of Education & the Arts, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Qualitative Inquiry, and Studies in Art Education, and several book chapters pertaining to arts education and qualitative methodologies. She was a section editor for the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education. Her book, The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research, was co-edited with Pamela Burnard and Elizabeth Mackinlay. Her dissertation, "Learning Together: Practice, Pleasure, and Identity in a Taiko Drumming World," received the 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award for excellence in educational anthropology from the American Anthropological Association and a 2004 honorable mention for its significance to the field from the Arts and Learning Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association. She serves on the editorial board of Studies in Art Education and American Journal of Education, and on the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education.