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Tyler Denmead


University Lecturer of Arts and Creativity in Education

Fellow and Director of Studies, 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

  • National Art Education Association
  • Editorial Review Board, Art Education
  • Editorial Review Board, Studies in Art Education
  • Editorial Review Board, Journal of Cultural Research in Education

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My book The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City is set to be published with Duke University Press in Autumn 2019. This book examines how discourses of youth and creativity are entangled in the reproduction of racial and class inequalities for young people in one American city, Providence, Rhode Island. Drawing upon post-structural and critical race theory, this auto-ethnography argues that racialized and classed discourses of youth and creativity have summoned two kinds of citizen-subjects, the creative class and the “creative underclass.” The author uses this term to connote those young people of color from low-income and working-class communities who become legible as creative and contribute to urban renewal through their cultural labor at the precise moment that the city has been reconfigured to both profit whiteness and to reproduce their subordinate futures. The author analyzes how he was caught up in, and profited from, the formation of the creative underclass through his own articulation as a white creative. As a college student and social entrepreneur at Brown University, Denmead founded New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized arts and humanities program primarily for young people of color designed to cultivate their creative practices. The book draws upon their powerful ideas to inform youth-led activism against state-orchestrated, racialized class warfare in the name of creativity.

One of my next projects is examining the circularity of white reflexivity from the perspective of critical whiteness studies. I am also investigating the arts activism of Stuart Hall before and after his time in Birmingham. I occasionally make and exhibit art, including my most recent performance, Tier Two Worker Remote Office. An article examining that performance and its implications for resisting the marketization of higher education was published in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. I am currently working on an online curatorial project that speculates on the concept of "micro-reparations" as institutional critique.

Academic Area/Links

  • Culture, Politics, and Global Justice
  • Arts and Creativities
  • Race, Empire, and Education Collective

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Research Topics

  • Youth and cities research
  • Race and arts education
  • Critical whiteness studies and the performative identities of "good" white people
  • Decolonizing the arts education curriculum
  • The arts activism of Stuart Hall
  • Ethnography
  • The arts in educational research
  • Creative workforce development and education
  • Community-based arts education


  • Arts, Creativity, and Education MPhil program
  • Creativity and Thinking Undergraduate Tripos
  • Research Methods MPhil
  • Researching Practice MEd

I am accepting PhD students.

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Current Research Projects

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

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Principal and Recent Publications

R.N. Brown and T. Denmead, Or Stay Home: A resource of self-preservation. (in progress).

Denmead, T. “The aesthetic labor of creativity," for Educational Theory. (under review).

Denmead, T. "Humility as White profitability in the age of Trump," for Humility in the Age of Self-Promotion (in press). 

Denmead, T. “Tier Two Worker Remote Office and Resisting the Marketization of Higher Education,” for Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. (in press;

Denmead, T. “On the concept of youth in art education: A review of the literature,” for Studies in Art Education vol. 59. No. 1 (2018).

Winkler, H. and Denmead, T. “The future of homegrown teaching artists: Negotiating contradictions in the professionalisation of the youth arts and humanities field,” for International Journal of Education and the Arts vol. 7. No. 10 (2016).

Denmead, T. “Remixing the released imagination,” for Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education vol. 32 (2015): pp. 72-87.

Denmead, T. “Dialogue and democracy through museum education: A review essay,” for International Journal of Education & the Arts vol 15. Review 1. (2014): Retrieved December 3, 2015 from

Denmead, T. and Brown, R.N. “Ride or die: An instructional resource,” for Art Education vol. 67. No. 6 (2014): pp. 47-53.

Denmead, T. “Artists against despotic nations? The muddle of creative workforce policy,” for International Journal of Education Through Art, Special Issue: Creative Industries vol. 9. No. 3 (2013): pp. 327-341.

Denmead, T. and Hickman, R. “Viscerality and slowliness: An anatomy of artists’ pedagogies with reference to time and material,” for International Journal of Education and the Arts vol. 13. No. 9 (2012): pp. 1-18.

Denmead, T. “The makers of new words: A principally ethnographic account of community artists’ language,” for International Journal of Education Through Art vol. 8. No. 3 (2012): pp. 239-252.

Denmead, T. “Being and becoming: Elements of pedagogies described by three East Anglian creative practitioners,” for International Journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity vol. 6. No. 1 (2011): pp. 57-66.

Denmead, T. “Meeting and extending: Pedagogies of three community artists,” for Journal of Arts and Communities vol. 1. No. 3 (2011): pp. 235-246.