Amanda Alexander

Chair and Professor


PhD, The Ohio State University (2010)
MA, The Ohio State University (2007)
BS, Indiana University, Bloomington (2000)

amanda-alexander.jpgDr. Amanda Alexander is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Miami University of Ohio. Her research explores (inter)national and local community-based arts research and learning, sustainable social and culture development, and social justice. Through these topics, her community-based research incorporates participatory action research, service-learning, autoethnography, co-creation design methods and is grounded in critical theories. She uses these methodologies and theories in connection with sites of cultural and artistic (re)production including schools, museums, community arts organizations, and international cooperative groups. Dr. Alexander is centrally concerned with art education students’ ability to be more civically engaged individuals, see art as a means to make meaning, and have an interdisciplinary, global perspective. Her fifteen years of living, working, and conducting research in Peru with Native artists and conducting local Texas research has led to presentations and publications in journals such as: Studies in Art Education, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Art Education, International Journal of Education through Art, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

Dr. Alexander graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU) with a Ph.D. in Art Education and a focus in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy in 2010. Prior to her Ph.D., she received a Masters of Arts degree in Arts Policy and Administration in 2007 from OSU and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business in 2000 from Indiana University-Bloomington. Professionally, Dr. Alexander worked in Marketing for several years, completed Peace Corps service from 2002-2005, worked for both the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, and taught with Upward Bound—a program dedicated to preparing inner city high school kids for college. Dr. Alexander serves on many interdisciplinary advisory boards at Miami University and with statewide, national, and international arts/art education organizations.