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Indira Bailey

Indira Bailey

Dual PhD candidate in Art Education and Women's Studies


Biography:

Indira is an Art Education and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, PhD Candidate. She is the recipient of the 2019-2020 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship. Her research examines how K-12 Black women art educators’ recognize, negotiate, and/or challenge an outsider-within positionality in K-12 schools and in what ways to they collect and teach information about Black women artists. In March 2018, Bailey received the Africana Research Center Grant to travel and interview Ghanaian women art educators and how they implement their culture into their teaching and artist practice. Prior to attending PSU, Indira taught commercial illustration and computer graphics in a Career Technical Education (CTE) high school in New Jersey for sixteen years. Indira received her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Illustration and M.A. from Kean University in Educational Leadership & Supervision. She is also an accomplished artist, exhibiting her artwork throughout the New York City Tri-State Area. Currently, Indira is enjoying her newfound love of creating stained glass art designs. Bailey received several Fulbright-Hayes Fellowships to South Africa, Morocco, and Japan Memorial Fellowship. She was the finalist for New Jersey Teacher of the Year, and national teacher fellowships. Academic Teaching Experience at PSU WMNST 106: Women & Gender in Literature, Art, and Popular Culture; INART 062: West African and African American Arts: From the 1960’s to the Present; ART 20, Introduction to Drawing; ART 122Y, Commentary on Art; and, Art Teacher Internship at the Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI) State Correctional Institution (SCI) Benner Township Prison, Bellefonte, PA.