Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis

  • Assistant Professor of Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Refugee Girlhood

  • Asian Diasporic Youth Culture

  • Contemporary Art and Media

  • Feminist Art Pedagogy

  • Social justice Art and Urban Education

  • Community-Based Art

  • Critical Place/Land Based Art Education

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Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis


I, Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, received my Ph.D. in art education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and also served as visiting assistant professor. Before joining Penn State, I was a member of the Art Education faculty at SUNY Buffalo State.

My research and writing on art and media cultural production of minoritized girls. I am interested in the potential value and importance of nontraditional/ informal/ community-based art education curricula, programs, and institutions in the lives of minoritized girls, particularly focusing on immigrant and refugee youth. My interdisciplinary research interest spans from girl/youth culture, contemporary Asian diasporic visual culture, and art, multicultural feminist approach to art education, community-based/ social justice-oriented/ urban art education, as well as a critical place/land-based education.

My current research has been on Karen tribe refugee girls’ counter-cartography through creating their own mobile oral stories in relation to the land in Western New York concerning history, environmental racial justice, and geography. My interdisciplinary research informs her teaching in contemporary visual culture, social justice, and urban community-based art education, children and youth culture, feminist art practice and criticism and critical place/land-based art education. Much of this work has been with refugee youth communities on the Westside of Buffalo, NY.

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