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Dr. Kimberly A. Powell

Dr. Kimberly A. Powell
Phone: 8148637314
Office Address:
168 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Professor of Education (Language, Culture & Society), Art Education, Music Education and Asian Studies


Curriculum and Instruction


Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Culture and Society

Other Penn State Affiliations

School 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:

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 is the section editor for the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, and has co-edited two books: The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research, and Building Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Bridges: Where Practice Meets Research and Theory.

Areas of Expertise

Curriculum Areas

Curriculum Issues
Language, Culture, and Society Ed
Music Ed

Education Levels

Secondary/High School

Educational Studies

Educational Theory

Individual Difference



Equity and Diversity

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Civic Engagement
Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues

Education History

Ph.D. Stanford University, 2003; Ed.M., Harvard University, 1995; A.B., Mount Holyoke College, 1988

Representative Publications

Powell, K. (2017). StoryWalking: Place-based narratives of identity, history and interculturality in San Jose Japantown, USA. In Burnard, P., Ross, V., Mackinlay, E., Powell, K., Dragovic, T. & Minors, H.J. (Eds.). Building interdisciplinary and intercultural bridges: Where practice meets research and theory (pp. 142-149). E-book, open access Online Publication by BIBACC available through

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.