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Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis

Assistant Professor of Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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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.

  • Education
    • PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009
  • Courses Taught
    • Interpreting Art Experience: Social and Behavioral Perspectives
    • Diversity, Pedagogy, and Visual Culture
    • Capstone Course in Art Education
    • Foundations of Art Education
    • Special Topics
  • Honors + Awards



    • College of Arts & Architecture Faculty Research Grant, Mobile EcoWalk+Oral Story: Counter-Cartography of Refugee Youth on Environmental Justice. The Penn State University, 2019-2020, $10,000.00
    • C-PAD Discovery Grant, Pedagogical Mobile Geographic Stories, The Penn State University, $700.00


    • National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) Research Grant, Advancing Civic Engagement and Community Empowerment for Refugee Immigrant Youths through GPS Mobile Media, National Art Education Association, $10,000.00


    • E.O. Smith Arts & Humanities Faculty Development Research Fellowship, Buffalo Refugee Youth’s Land Pedagogy through GPS Mobile Media. SUNY, NY, $3,500.00



    • Grace Hampton Invited Lecture, National Art Education Association (NAEA)


    • Dr. Muriel A. Howard Presidential Awards for Equity and Campus Diversity, SUNY Buffalo State


    • Mary J. Rouse Early Research Award, Women’s Caucus, National Art Education Association (NAEA)


    • Dr. Nuala Drescher Award, State University of New York (SUNY)


    • Emerging Scholar Award, SUNY Buffalo State


    • Outstanding Faculty Committed to Service-Learning Award, SUNY Buffalo State


    • Diversity and Educational Equity Research Award, State University of New York (SUNY)


    • Elliot Eisner Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable mention, NAEA


    • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate College, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Exhibitions + Productions


    • Subversive Reading. Installation Exhibited at U.S-China College Art Summit 2019 Show, PSU Zoller Gallery, State College, Pennsylvania


    • Quiet Disruption II. Installation Exhibited at BSC Art & Design Faculty Show, Burchfield Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York


    • Curating Art Education Faculty Exhibition, Czules-Nelson Gallery, SUNY Buffalo State, New York
  • Publications + Presentations


    • “Reclaiming Girlhood: Refugee Girls’ Digital Visual tale as Disrupting Curriculum of Democratic Fantasies.” In M. F. He & W. H. Schubert (Eds.), “The Oxford Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies, Oxford University Press.” (In press, to be published in 2020)
    • “Stitches in the Flesh: Subversive Rewriting.” In G. J. Wilson, J. Boyd, A. M. Kraehe (Eds.), A Love Letter to This Bridge Called My Back (Eds.) (Accepted and will be published in 2020)
    • “Engaging Civic Participation: Critical Approaches to Teaching Digital Media in Art Classrooms and Communities.” Co-edited book with O. Ivashkevich, NAEA, (Working in Progress. 2018–current)


    • “Anti-Colonial Land-Based Approach to Urban Place: Mobile Cartographic Stories Created by Refugee Youth.” submitted to Studies in Art Education (Under review)
    • “Youth Activism, GPS Mobile Eco-Storied Land, and Environmental Racial Justice.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE) (Under review)
    • “Interrogating Girl Power: Girlhood, Popular Media, and Postfeminism.” In Hetrick, L. (Ed)., Teaching Art: (Re)imagining Identity. University of Illinois Press (Invited reprint)


    • “Barbie Play and Public Pedagogy of Abjection,” Journal of Visual Culture and Gender (Co-authored with Olga Ivashkevich) (Peer-reviewed journal)


    • “Introduction: From Outer Space: Emerging Girl Subjectivities and Reterritorializing Girlhood,” Journal of Cultural Studies <−> Critical Methodologies (Peer-reviewed journal)
    • Invited guest editor, Special Issue on “Girls From Outer Space: Emerging Girl Subjectivities and Reterritorializing Girlhood,” Journal of Cultural Studies <−> Critical Methodologies (Peer-reviewed journal)
    • “Pedagogical Globalization: Traditions, Contemporary Art, and Popular Culture of Korea.” Co-edited book with R. Shin, E. Lim, & O. Kim, International Society of Education through Art (InSEA)


    • “Corporeal Pedagogy: Transforming Café and Refugee Girls’ Post-Agency.” Studies in Art Education (Peer-reviewed journal)
    • “Go Cyworld! Korean Girls Producing New Korean Femininity in the U.S.” In S. Mazzarella (Ed.), “Mediated Youth Reader,” New York: Peter Lang (Invited reprint)


    • “Performing ‘Planned Authenticity’: Diasporic Korean Girls’ Self-Photographic Play.” Studies in Art Education (Peer-reviewed journal)


    • “Traveling Home(s): Contemporary Korean Art After the Postcolonial.” Co-authored with Gregory Dimitriadis, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education (Peer-reviewed journal)


    • “Girls, Cultural Productions, and Resistance.” Co-edited book with Olga Ivashkevich, New York: Peter Lang
    • “Introduction: Reimagining Girls’ Resistance.” In Girls, Cultural Production, and Resistance. Co-authored with Olga Ivashkevich. New York: Peter Lang


    • “Interrogating Girl Power: Girlhood, Popular Media, and Postfeminism.” Visual Arts Research (special issue on Girl Power) (Peer-reviewed journal)


    • “Glocal New Femininity in Mediascape: Korean Teenage Girls’ Popular Cultural Practices.” In A. Arnold, A. Kuo, E. Delacruz, and M. Parsons (Eds.), G.L.O.B.A.L.I.Z.A.T.I.O.N, Art, and Education. Reston, Virginia: National Art Education Association
  • Service + Affiliations


    • Associate Editor, Journal of Educational Studies
    • Steering Committee, Art Education Research Institute (AERI)
    • Editorial Board, Journal of Studies in Art Education (JSAE)
    • Co-elected President, Women’s Caucus, National Art Education Association (NAEA)


    • Council of Policy Studies in Art Education (CPSAE)
    • National Art Education (NAEA)
    • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    • American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
    • Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA)
  • Expertise
    • 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