Dr. Powell is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education, and of Art Education in the School of Visual Arts in the College of Arts and Architecture. She is also an affiliate fellow with the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture. 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 includes 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: www.walkinglab.org
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 was a section editor for the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, and am the co-editor, with Pamela Burnard and Elizabeth Mackinlay, of The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research.