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Hyunji Kwon

[ hee-ɑn-jee kwan ]


Assistant Professor of Art Education

Women's & Gender Studies Affiliate

School of Visual Art & Design

University of South Carolina




Campus Address:

1615 Senate Street #330

Columbia, SC 29208


Hello, I am an enthusiastic Art Education researcher and educator.

I am a descendant of North Korean refugees who fled from the Korean War, and was an elementary school teacher in South Korea before coming to the U.S.


Due to my passion for art, education, and family background, 

I advocate for social justice via teaching and research regarding:

Critical and feminist pedagogy, anti-Asian racism, Afro-Asian futurism, community-based art education, historical research, ethics of care, trauma, witnessing, embodiment, visual culture, emerging technologies, and performative and mixed methodologies

Please click the images below to read my work.

2017 - present

University of South Carolina

Assistant Professor

2012 - 2017

The Pennsylvania State University

Graduate Instructor/Teaching Assistant

SP 2011 - 2012
2008 - 2009 

Daegu Jangdong Elementary School, South Korea


2012 - 2017
Dual-title Ph.D. Degree 

The Pennsylvania State University

Art Education  

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

2009 - 2012
Master's Degree

Seoul National University

Art Education 

2004 - 2008
Bachelor's Degree

Daegu National University of Education

Elementary Education, Specialized in Art Education 

Please click the images to access my work.

At UofSC, I have developed 1 online art appreciation course and re-designed 4 other courses to be more socially-responsive and student-oriented.


All of my courses have been positively received 

by my students (evaluations about 90%, 99% in fall 2018) as well as peer-evaluations. 

By reflecting on students' feedback, pedagogy workshops, conferences, and research, 

I have constantly updated my lectures, readings, assignments, and technology (i.e., virtual reality). 

Graduate Courses

ARTE 701: Research Methodologies in Art Education

ARTE 705 | WGST 796: Community Based Art Education

Undergraduate Courses

ARTE 560/760(P):

Secondary Methods for K-12 Art Certification & Practicum

ARTE 520: Art for Elementary School

ARTE 101: Introduction to Art (online | face-to-face)


ARTE 540/740(P): The School Art Program & Practicum

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