Dr. Amanda Alexander
Dr. Amanda Alexander
Dr. Amanda Alexander is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art + Art History at the University of Texas at Arlington, and she is the Area Coordinator for the department’s Art Education program. Dr. Alexander teaches five undergraduate courses including a summer visual culture class, works as the liaison between the Art + Art History Department and the College of Education and Health Professions for the art education students, periodically guides independent studies for students, and sits on MFA committees for graduate students in the department. Alexander’s research explores (inter)national and local community-based arts research and learning, sustainable social and culture development, and social justice.
Alexander’s community-based research incorporates participatory action research, service-learning, autoethnography, co-creation design methods, and is grounded in critical theories. She uses these methodologies and theories in connection with sites of cultural and artistic (re)production including schools, museums, community arts organizations, and international cooperative groups. Centrally concerned with art education students’ ability to be more civically engaged individuals, see art as a means to make meaning, and have an interdisciplinary, global perspective as well as thirteen years of living, working, and conducting research in Peru with Native artists, her presentations and publications have been published in journals such as: the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Art Education, and the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum.
Dr. Alexander graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU) with a Ph.D. in Art Education and a focus in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy in 2010. Prior to her Ph.D., she received a Masters of Arts degree in Arts Policy and Administration in 2007 from OSU and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business in 2000 from Indiana University-Bloomington. Professionally, Dr. Alexander worked in Marketing for several years, completed Peace Corps service from 2002-2005, worked for both the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, taught with Upward Bound--a program dedicated to preparing inner city high school kids for college, and taught at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Alexander serves on many interdisciplinary advisory boards at UTA and with statewide, national, and international arts/art education organizations.