University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Rina Kundu


Assistant Professor
Art Education, Graduate Coordinator

Doctor of Philosophy (Art Education), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Master of Arts (Art History), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts (Art History), University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

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kundu@uwm.edu

Teaching art at elementary schools in Maryland and Ohio, and working as the Assistant Director of Education at the Wexner Center for the Arts and as an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of North Texas have influenced my current research direction as an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. I have had a developing research agenda addressing the politics of knowing within educational environments. I am particularly interested in how ideas and concepts within critical pedagogy and visual culture studies can be used to critique current practices in museum education, research pedagogy, and curriculum and instruction and on how meanings are constructed, in relationship to cultural practices and differences, and as sites of resistance. Furthermore, my tenure as Coordinator for Instructional Resources from 2008-10 and my current participation on the Review Board beginning in 2011 for Art Education has allowed me to select work and help authors develop ways of representing the arts and teaching and learning within the arts, particularly articles about cultural practices that resist dominant culture's notions of art and difference. I believe this is a significant research agenda, which troubles hegemonic practices within the field of art education, constructing critique and resistance.