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Asavari Thatte, Ph.D.


2017, Ph.D., Art Education. Minor in Curriculum and Instruction

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Dissertation Advisor: B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ph.D.

2011, M.A., Graphic Design

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2008, B.F.A., Applied Art

Rachana Sansad College of Applied Art and Craft, Mumbai University, Mumbai, India


2022-Present: Beej Learning LLC


2020-2023: The Art Education journal of the National Art Education Association

Instructional Resources Editor

2020-Present: Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education


Fall 2017: Boston University

Course facilitator for the online course AR 890 Master’s Research Project for the masters program in art education.

Fall 2015: Boston University

Course facilitator for the online course AR 680 Insightful and Creative Leadership in Art Education

for the masters program in art education.

2012- 2015: The Pennsylvania State University

Graphic designer for Penn State’s Art Education program and the School of Visual Arts,

designing print and web materials.

Graduate student mentor to undergraduate student-teachers for their advanced practicum/

Saturday Art School (A ED 489 Curriculum Theory and Development in Art Education) at Penn State.

Assistant editor for the International Journal for Education in the Arts

as a part of graduate assistantship.

2010: Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), Mumbai, India

Freelance designer for a life-skills program initiative of the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna.

2009-2010: Rachana Sansad College of Applied Art and Craft, Mumbai India

Visiting faculty for Advertising Art and Ideas course for first year B.F.A. students.

2008-2009: Bascos Design Marketing Private Limited, Tokyo, Japan and Mumbai, India

Designed print and web media for Japanese and Indian clients.

2004-2010: Independent freelance graphic designer

Designed diverse print media including brochures, logos, and illustrations.


Peer Reviewed Journal Article

2021: Thatte, A. (2021). Maher as the location of origin: Examining home and displacement in geo-familial, academic, and spiritual contexts. Qualitative Inquiry.

2016: Kee, J. C., Lomeli, H., Thatte, A., Thompson, C. M., Powell, K. A., and Carpenter, B. S. (2016). Writing ‘between-the-six’: Mentorship, distance and the co-construction of dissertation research. Visual Inquiry, 5(3), 407-418.


2021: Sharma M. & Thatte A (2021) Exploring Craft Traditions of India: Heritage Crafts as a Curricular Gateway for Interdisciplinary Learning, Art Education, 74(3), 43-47

Book Chapter

2018: Thatte, A. (2018). Jugaad in innovative making and crafting in India: Examining the work of Sanjeev Shankar. In E. Garber, L. Hochtritt, & M. Sharma (Eds.). Makers, crafters, educators: Working for cultural change. New York, NY: Routledge


2021: Carpenter, B. S., Crabbe, K., Desai, D., Kantawala, A., Kraehe, A. M., Mask, A., & Thatte, A. (2021). The denial of racism: A call to action [Special issue]. Art Education, 74(5).

Other Publications

2017: Thatte, A. (2017). The Learning Home: An Ethnographic Case-Study of Curriculum, Place, and Design. Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers in Art Education. Vol. 2017, Article 4.


Thatte, A. (2023). Evocative Embodiments: Examining Design Implicit in the Cultural Practices in India. National Art Education Association (NAEA) conference, San Antonio, TX

Thatte, A. (2023). Forts and Chitrakathi Arts in Maharashtra: Design in Architecture and Heritage crafts in a geopolitical context. National Art Education Association (NAEA) conference, San Antonio, TX

Thatte, A. (2021). Ontological Displacement in Academia and Failure. NAEA conference, (online conference)

Thatte, A. (2020). (De)Constructing Failure: Examining Liminality Through Multiple Lenses of Failure. NAEA conference, Minneapolis, MI (Conference canceled)

Thatte, A. (2019). Re/Making Memory: Research as Artistic Practice. NAEA conference, Boston, MA

Thatte, A. (2018). Design and the Cultural Construct of Jugaad: Examining the Work of Interdisciplinary Artist Sanjeev Shankar. NAEA conference, Seattle, WA

Thatte, A. (2018). Reconceptualizing Design Process(es): Examining the Potential of Lived Experiences and Place to Inform Design. NAEA conference, Seattle, WA

Thatte A. (2017). Blended Ethnographic Writing: An Experimental Approach to Compositing Researcher and Participant Narratives. International Congress of Qualitative Research (ICQI), Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Thatte A. (2017). The Learning Home: An Ethnographic Case-Study of Curriculum, Place, and Design. Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers in Art Education, NAEA conference, New York, NY.

Thatte, A. (2017). Design as an Act of Curriculum. Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Thatte A. (2015). Grammangal: An Ethnographic Case-Study of Collective Lived Experience, Curriculum, and the Process of Designing Instructional Resources. Graduate Research in Art Education (GRAE) conference, Columbus, OH

Thatte A. (2015). The Role of the Pedagogical Site in a Constructivist School. Curriculum and Pedagogy (C&P) conference, Cleveland, OH

Thatte, A. (2015). Math and Languages Masquerading as Art: An Art Teacher’s Interdisciplinary Approach. Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) conference, Harrisburg, PA

Thatte, A. (2015). A Journey from Narratives to Abstract Art-Making. PAEA conference, Harrisburg, PA

Thatte A. (2014). Art Education in the 1950s and 1960s in Academia, Classrooms, and on Television: Through the Lens of Key to the Cupboard. NAEA conference, San Diego, CA.

Thatte, A. (2013). Decipher: The Game of Alphabet Evolution. PAEA conference, Bethlehem, PA



2018: Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education Runner Up Award by National Art Education Association (NAEA)

2017: Selected Presenter, Seminar for Research in Art Education Graduate Research Session,

Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers, National Art Education Association Conference

2014: Dorothy Hughes Young Endowed Scholarship, the School of Visual Arts,

The Pennsylvania State University

2010: Merit Honors Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2010: J. N. Tata Endowment Scholarship for higher education, Mumbai, India

2008: Gold Medal, Mumbai University for achieving the 1st rank in the B.F.A. final year exam, Mumbai, India



2018: Communication liaison for the Community Arts Caucus of the National Art Education Association

2018: Higher Education Regional Director Elect (Eastern Region), National Art Education Association

2014: Planning Committee, Penn State Alumni Reception for the National Art Education Conference

2014-2015: Kriya yoga instructor for colleagues in the art education program at Penn State and local community



  • National Art Education Association (NAEA)

  • Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA)

  • International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA)



  • Performer and student of vocal Indian classical music.

  • Fluent in English, Marathi, and Hindi.

  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

  • Experience in the use of NVivo, a software for qualitative data analysis.

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