Debra Hardy

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Debra Hardy

Graduate Teaching Associate


  • 2015, MA, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • 2013, BA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Debra is a PhD candidate in the Arts Administration, Education and Policy program focusing on Art Education. Debra received her BA in Art History with a minor in Community-Based Art Education from the University of Illinois in 2013 and her MA in Art Education with a specialization in Museum Education from the University of Texas in 2015. Debra has taught in a variety of settings, including art and children’s museums, community centers, adult workshops, and K-12 schools. Her current research focuses on the legacy of Dr. Margaret Burroughs, a Black art educator, artist, and museum founder from the South Side of Chicago and what her legacy can bring to the history of art education. 

Fun fact: Debra loves camping and cycling and is hoping to bike the entire Ohio-to-Erie trail before she graduates.  

Research Interests

  • Art Education History
  • Critical Multiculturalism
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Black Feminist Theory