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Jessica Baker Kee

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Jessica Baker Kee

Fall 2015 Dissertation Fellow

School of Visual Arts

College of Arts and Architecture

107 Arts Cottage

University Park , PA 16802

Biography:

During her fellowship year, Jessica relocated to New Orleans to complete her "Unpacking Student Identities" arts-based research project through the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. She curated a gallery exhibition of mixed-media student artwork at the New Orleans Healing Center and is currently curating shows both in Louisiana and out of state. She also developed an undergraduate internship program through Dillard University and received a Platforms Funding Grant to continue arts enrichment program development in New Orleans. Jessica completed two journal articles and two book chapters for publication. Her article "No Excuses or No Equity? Narrative and Counternarrative Themes within Educational Discourse in New Orleans" was published in SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture & Society, and her historical research article "Masquerade as Creolization: Performance of Racial Identities in Post- Reconstruction New Orleans" will be published in a special issue of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. She is currently working on another book chapter and a co-authored invited manuscript in Visual Inquiry Journal. She presented her historical and theoretical research at the Brushes with History conference hosted by Teachers College Columbia and the American Educational Research Association conference and gave several gallery talks and lectures at local venues.