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Hyunji Kwon

Title: Assistant Professor / Art Education
School of Visual Art and Design
Phone: 803-777-9997
Office: McMaster 330
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Hyunji Kwon


Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2017
M.A. Seoul National University, 2012
B.Ed. Daegu National University of Education, 2008


Hyunji Kwon was born in South Korea to a mother descended from North Korean refugees. Kwon was an elementary school teacher and holds a dual doctoral degree in Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She joined the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2017. 


Graduate Courses:
     - ARTE 701: Research Methodologies in Art Education
     - ARTE 705 | WGST 796: Community Development in Art

Undergraduate Courses:
     - ARTE 560 & 560P: Secondary Methods for K-12 Art Certification & Practicum
     - ARTE 520: Art for Elementary Schools
     - ARTE 101: Introduction to Art

Her research interests include critical pedagogy and emotion, socially-engaging art pedagogy, community-based art education, pedagogy of caring, personal, cultural, and historical trauma, and subjectivity and embodiment, utilizing performative and mixed methodologies. Her work explores both local and global contexts with careful attention to the morality of researching and working with vulnerable populations. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, Art Education, Visual Culture & Gender, and Feminist Studies, and book chapters, along with many journal articles that are currently under review and in preparation.

She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses while constantly updating with new methods (i.e., graphic novel, STEAM projects) and technology (i.e., 360-degree camera, augmented and virtual reality) and by incorporating emerging issues and trends in the field of art education.

Besides her teaching and research, she is a core faculty member of the community outreach program, Women’s Well-Being Initiatives, in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. As part of these initiatives, she has provided art workshops for women in several shelters and sexual violence survivors on campus. Her work has recently extended to violence survivors in South Africa and Argentina. Anyone interested is welcome to contact her.


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