Manisha Sharma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Art
Art Bldg, Room 132
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
In my current position, I teach undergraduate and graduate (M.A, & Ph.D) courses at the University of Arizona, in Art Education, and the General Education program. As part of my teaching responsibilities, I guide for and serve on several dissertation and thesis committees of Ph.D, & M.A students.
Graduate and undergraduate level courses in Art and Visual Culture Education & General Education classes I have 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,
- Special Topics In Art Education: Mobility, Migration, & Border Crossings.
My research interests include
- Globalization and postcolonial issues, specifically in reference to theories of disciplinary borderlands, migration, and visual representations of nationalism;
- International perspectives in art and visual culture education
- Social justice curriculum and community oriented visual culture studies;
- South Asian contemporary art and visual culture ;
- Feminist theory and practice in art and visual culture education.
Binding these avenues of research is a deep interest in how perceptions of culture and community are formed, internalized, and acted out within communities, through production and consumption of art and visual culture artifacts.
My work has been recognized through awards such as the 2014 InSEA Doctoral Research Award, the 2012 Barkan Dissertation Award (OSU), and various scholarship and grant awards.
My scholarship is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (JCRAE), Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (JSTAE), and Visual Arts Research (VAR) ; and in several anthologies in Art and Visual Culture Education.
I present my work widely in national and international conferences in the fields of Art Education, and Qualitative Research. Conferences I have presented my research at include the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Annual Convention, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), Imagining America, International Society of Education through Art (InSEA) World Congress, & United States Society of Education through Art (USSEA).
I serve on review boards of several national and international journals including the Art Education journal, Visual Arts Research (VAR), Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (JCREA) and Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (JSTAE). I also serve in administrative and leadership positions in professional organizations, such as the NAEA Caucus of Social Theory, and the NAEA Women’s Caucus.
Previous work experience includes teaching in K-12 schools in the United States, Japan and Mexico ; in higher education ; in community, and museum settings ; and working as a freelance graphic designer and photographer.
I have lived and worked in India, Japan, Mexico, and the United States.
When not reading, writing, and viewing visual culture for work, I read, write, and view visual culture for pleasure and enjoy traveling to places with culturally complex histories.