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Tyler Denmead


Associate Professor of Arts and Creativity in Education

Fellow and Director of Studies, Education at Queens' College

E-mail Address

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+ 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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Tyler Denmead researches and writes about youth, arts, culture, and race, with a particular focus on whiteness. His educational inquiry crosses several fields, including visual art education, art history, cultural studies, and critical race and ethnic studies, and is informed by his prior work as a community-based arts educator and occasional artist/performer. His book, The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City (Duke University Press, 2019) is an ethnographic examination of how youth creatively and culturally respond to racialising discourses of "troubled youth" that have been central to state-led creative urban gentrification schemes. His current book project is a critical examination of anti-racist reading practices, with a particular focus on a 2021 British legal case in which a White nationalist, convicted of possessing information useful to plotting a terrorist attack, was sentenced to reading canonical English literature. He is the founding executive director of New Urban Arts in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In 2019, students at Cambridge voted him the Best Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. In 2021, he received a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

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

  • Critical Youth Studies
  • American Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • British Cultural Studies
  • Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • Critical Race Theory, particularly Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Black Feminisms
  • Artistic, literary, ethnographic, and cultural methods of analysis



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.