Arts Education Research Area:

General term for any educational institution with a primary focus on the visual arts, especially illustration, painting, photography, sculpture, and graphic design

Published Faculty:

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Ralph Córdova, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Ralph A. Córdova Jr. is an educational ethnographer and researcher. He “grew up teaching” as teacher-researcher in elementary bilingual Spanish/English settings in Santa Barbara, CA. During these early years, he collaborated long-term with Drs. Judith Green, Carol Dixon, Beth Yeager and Sheridan Blau, founders of the Center for Teaching for Social Justice at University of California Santa Barbara. This shared work helped Córdova to draw on an interactional ethnographic perspectives and literary theories to conceive of formal learning places like classrooms, and, semi-formal places such as museums as cultural landscapes for learning. He has worked closely with the National Writin...
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Jennifer Fisher, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

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Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Lewis-Harris received her M.A. and Ph.D.in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Her current research explores the role of indigenous culture and arts in the development of adolescent migrant student's identities and learning within education systems and extra-local communities. She is particularly interested in the function of independent "culture  schools" found in urban environments as they often support performance and traditional arts groups while introducing young people to their indigenous cultural history.
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Jennifer Mishra, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Jennifer Mishra is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado where she worked at Associate Director of the UNC String Project. She holds a Masters of Music Education degree and a PhD from Kent State University. Before coming to UMSL, Dr. Mishra was Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Houston and the Associate Director of the School of Music and Assistant Professor of Graduate Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to this, she was an orchestra director in Alton, Illinois and Denver, Colorado specializing in elementary and midd...