Assistant Professor, Art & Visual Culture Education,
School of Art,
University of Arizona
BFA, College of Art, Delhi
M.A Art Education The School of The Art Institute of Chicago
Thesis: Reclaiming social agency through art education: The role of popular iconography and of the book form as text in contemporary India
PhD, Art Education, The Ohio State University, Minor: Comparative Studies.
Dissertation: Indian art education & teacher identity as Deleuzo-Guattarian assemblage: Narratives in a postcolonial globalization context.
Manisha Sharma has 10+ years of experience making and teaching art in K-12, higher education and community endeavors, in India, Japan, Mexico and the USA. Her research interests include the pedagogical development of South Asian visual culture with a focus on social justice and her methodology employs comparative studies approaches, including postcolonialism and globalization discourses.
Manisha has taught photography, graphic design and 2-D art at K-12 level and also has some experience with the International Baccalaureate program. She has conducted workshops on bookmaking and painting focusing on literacy, both linguistic (ESL) and visual. Workshop participants have been diverse - from elementary school students at the Chicago Lab School, visiting public at the Field Museum of Natural History, and the MCA Chicago, to Senior citizens in the Chicago Department of Ageing, to underprivileged children in India.
Her scholarship has been recognized through awards such as the Manual Barkan Dissertation Fellowship at the Ohio State University, and merit scholarships at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
At the Higher Education level, she has taught courses on art and visual culture that focus on cross-cultural communication, cultural diversity
She has presented widely, in national and international conferences and is beginning to publish her research on border pedagogies in art education, ontological hybridity in conducting qualitative research and multiplicity of teacher identity in developing art curriculum.