Christine Marmé Thompson is a professor in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State, and coordinates graduate programs in art education. Tina earned her Ph.D. in art education at The University of Iowa in 1985, and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1985-2001. Her research focuses on issues of children's culture and art learning, with particular attention to the social contexts of early childhood art. She is co-editor, with Liora Bresler, of The Arts in Children's Lives: Context, Culture, and Curriculum (2002), editor of The Visual Arts and Early Childhood Learning (1997), and a section editor and contributor to The International Handbook of Research in Arts Education (2007). Her writings have also appeared in national and international journals in art and early childhood education, and in numerous edited collections. She is the recipient of the Marilyn Zurmuehlen Award from the Seminar for Research in Art Education (1994); the Mary Rouse Award (1995) and the June King McFee Award (2005) from the Women's Caucus in Art Education; and the Lowenfeld Award from the National Art Education Association in 2013. She is currently the co-editor of the International Journal of Education and the Arts (http://www.ijea.org).