Dr. Kimberly A. Powell
TitleAssociate Professor of Education (Language, Culture & Society), Art Education, and Asian Studies
DepartmentCurriculum and Instruction
ProgramsCurriculum and Instruction: Language, Culture and Society
Other Penn State AffiliationsSchool of Visual Arts, Program in Art Education, College of Arts and Architecture Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI), College of Arts and Architecture Department of Asian Studies, College of the Liberal Arts
Dr. Powell holds a dual appointment in the College of Education and the College of Arts and Architecture. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Asian Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts and an affiliate fellow with the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture. A curriculum theorist and educational anthropologist, her research interests include the arts as intercultural practices of identity and social inquiry, embodiment, public pedagogy, sensory and arts-based research methodologies, ethnography, and educational anthropology. Her current research projects include StoryWalks, an exploration into walking as an artful practice of placemaking, identity, and social inquiry. Her research, part of a larger, international research initiative on walking, is documented on the website: www.walkinglab.org
She has published both within and outside of the field of art education in order to create a dialogue across disciplinary borders about the arts in and as everyday life. Her work appears in journals such as Anthropology & Education Quarterly, International Journal of Education & the Arts, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Qualitative Inquiry, and Studies in Art Education, and several book chapters pertaining to arts education, comprehensive education, and ethnographic methods. She was a section editor for the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, and am the co-editor, with Pamela Burnard and Elizabeth Mackinlay, of The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research.
Areas of Expertise
Education HistoryPh.D. Stanford University, 2003; Ed.M., Harvard University, 1995; A.B., Mount Holyoke College, 1988
Powell, K. (2016). Multimodal mapmaking: Working toward an entangled methodology of place. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 47(4), 402-420.
Burnard, P., McKinley, L. & Powell, K. (Eds.) (2016). The Routledge international handbook of intercultural arts. London: Routledge.
Powell, K. & Schulte, C. (2016). “Radical Hospitality”: Food + drink as intercultural exchange. In P. Burnard, L. McKinley, & K. Powell (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of intercultural arts (pp. 238-247). London: Routledge
Powell, K. (2015). Breathing photography: Prosthetic encounters in research-creation. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(6), 529-538.
Powell, K. & Serriere, S. (2013). Image-based participatory pedagogies: Reimagining social justice. International Journal of Education & The Arts 14(15), 1-27.
Powell, K. (2012). Composing sound identity in taiko drumming. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 43(1), 101-119
Powell, K. & LaJevic, L. (2011). Emergent places in pre-service art teaching: Lived curriculum, relationality and embodied knowledge. Studies in Art Education, 53(1), 35-52.
Powell, K. (2010). Making sense of place: Mapping as a multisensory research method. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(7), 539-555
Powell, K. (2008). ReMapping the city: Palimpsest, place, and identity in art education research. Studies in Art Education, 50(1), 6-21.
Activities and Honors
2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award for excellence in educational anthropology from the American Anthropological Association
2004 Honorable Mention for Dissertation research significance to the field from the Arts and Learning Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association.