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Tyler Denmead


Associate Professor of Arts and Creativity in Education

Fellow and Director of Studies in Education at Queens' College

E-mail Address

td287 (at)


+ 44 (0)1223 767634


  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge (Queens’ College), Education, May 2011
  • M.Phil. (distinction), University of Cambridge (Queens’ College), Education, May 2008
  • B.A., Brown University, History of Art and Architecture, May 2007

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Editorial Review Board, Studies in Art Education
  • Steering Committee, Art Education Research Institute
  • Member of National Society for Education in Art and Design (member of Anti-Racist Art Education Action Group)

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My scholarship focuses on the intersections of education, culture, and society. I approach education broadly with a particular interest in subjectivity and power. I investigate how human subjects are constituted and how they experience cultural and social settings. My scholarship is interdisciplinary, drawing on theory and modes of analysis from arts, literature, politics, sociology, media and communication studies, the law, anthropology, and history. My first book was an auto-ethnographic portrait of New Urban Arts, an arts education organisation that I founded and led in my twenties (The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City, Duke University Press, 2019). I am currently working on a book project with Amina Shareef that examines the rise of right-wing White extremism and anti-Muslim racism in Britain. I am also launching a new area of inquiry that examines the mutual independence of Britain and the United States in sustaining their racial and colonial legacies in education. I have received several teaching prizes, including being shortlisted in a national competition for PhD Supervisor of the Year (2023, FindAMasters). In 2019, students at Cambridge voted me the Best Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. In 2021, I received a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

I welcome applications from doctoral students working in education across a variety of disciplines and theoretical concerns, including:

  • Artistic, performance-based, literary, ethnographic, and cultural methods of analysis
  • Critical Youth Studies
  • American Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • British Cultural Studies
  • Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Critical Muslim Studies



Academic Area/Links

  • Culture, Politics, and Global Justice
  • Arts and Creativities

Current doctoral student topics:

  • Decolonising the visual art curriculum in Ghana
  • Encounters with whiteness by Chinese women english language teachers
  • The entanglement of Indian Classical Dance in ethno-nationalist political movements
  • New forms of biopolitical power operating in the lives of Muslim girls' in Britain
  • Spacemaking by Black British women in elite British universities
  • The epistemics of touch
  • Anti-Asian hate and Chinese students experiences of higher education

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  • Arts, Creativity, and Education MPhil program
  • Undergraduate Tripos
  • Research Methods MPhil / MEd

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Denmead, T. (2019). Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.

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Recent Articles

Denmead, R. (2021) Time After Whiteness: Performative Pedagogy and Temporal Subjectivities in Art Education, Studies in Art Education, 62:2, 130-141, DOI: 10.1080/00393541.2021.1896252

Denmead, T. “White Warnings.” Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, Whiteness and Art Education 36, no. 1 (2019), 108-124.

Denmead, T. “Tier Two Worker Remote Office: Resisting the Marketization of Higher Education.” Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 16, no. 1 (2019): 6–34.