Dr. Amelia (Amy) Kraehe is an associate professor in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. She is also Associate Vice President for Equity in the Arts and Co-founder and Co-director of Racial Justice Studio, a transdisciplinary incubator for the study and practice of intersectional anti-racism in and through the arts.
Dr. Kraehe's scholarship, teaching and community engagement focus on how the arts and arts education can challenge, as well as reinforce, systems of inequality. She explores this contradiction by (1) investigating the ways in which sociocultural, spatial, political, and economic contexts shape and are shaped by the arts in education; and (2) examining how hierarchies of power interact with more intimate formations of knowledge, identity, and agency.
Amy employs interdisciplinary theories and methodologies that draw from the social sciences, visual and cultural studies, critical race theory, women of color feminisms, and justice studies. She co-edited The Palgrave Handbook on Race and the Arts in Education (2018) and Pedagogies in the Flesh: Case Studies on the Embodiment of Sociocultural Differences in Education (2018). Her newest project is Race and Art Education, a book-length manuscript that bridges critical race theory and the practice of art in education (under contract).
Her publications have appeared in many peer-reviewed journals, including International Journal of Education and the Arts, Studies in Art Education, Educational Theory, The Urban Review, Equity and Excellence in Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, Educational Studies, Teaching Education, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.
She is the Senior Editor of Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association (2017-2020) and a founding member of the Coalition on Racial Equity in the Arts and Education (CREA+E). She serves also as Co-chair of the Art Education Research Institute (2019-2021).
Amy earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Cultural Studies in Education and an M.A. in Art Education from The University of Texas at Austin. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in Studio Art and Economics minor.