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Rachel Fendler

Published January 1, 2010

Rachel Fendler
Associate Professor
Director of Teacher Certification
Department of Art Education




Rachel Fendler received her B.A. in Art History from Smith College, before moving to Spain for graduate school. At the University of Barcelona she earned her M.A. in Visual Studies and her Ph.D. in Visual Arts and Education. While in Barcelona, she collaborated with the art academy Llotja Advanced School of Art and Design, teaching and providing professional development to the faculty. She also developed projects with institutions such as the Joan Miró Foundation and the Young Artist’s Gallery (Sala Jove) as an art educator. Rachel is a reviewer for the International Journal of Education Through Art and is on the scientific committee for the annual conference Arts-based and Artistic Research. She has published on topics related to youth visual culture, arts-based research and educational ethnography, in both English and Spanish.


B.A. in Art History, Smith College (Massachusetts, USA)
M.A. in Visual Studies, University of Barcelona (Spain)
Ph.D. (July 2015) in Visual Arts and Education, University of Barcelona (Spain)

Research Areas

Critical theory, visual culture, youth studies, learning mobilities, informal learning, collaborative research, qualitative inquiry, arts-based and arts informed research methodologies

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Fendler, R. & Miño Puigcercós, R. (accepted, October 2015). Reimagining educational boundaries: a learning mobilities perspective. International Journal for Research on Extended Education.
  • Fendler, R. & Hernández-Hernández, F. (2015). Visual culture as living inquiry: looking at how young people reflect on, share and narrate their learning practices in and outside school. In, I. Aguirre (Ed.), mor thN img cnsmrs: Mapping and evaluating research on Young people as Visual Culture Producers, pp: 281-297. Pamplona: Public University of Navarra.
  • Vidiella, J., Fendler, R., & Delgado García, J.A. (Eds.). (2015). Col·lectivaccions: Reconstructing pedagogical relationships based on artistic practices. [Col·lectivaccions: re-construint relacions pedagògiques des de la pràctica artística]. Barcelona: Institut de Cultura. [Bilingual publication in Catalan and Spanish].
  • Fendler, R. (2013). Becoming-learner. Coordinates for mapping the space and subject of nomadic pedagogy. Qualitative Inquiry 19 (10): 786-793.
  • Fendler, R., Onsès, J. & Hernández-Hernández, F. (2013). Becoming arts-based researchers. A journey through the experience of silence in the university classroom. International Journal of Education through Art 9 (2):257- 263.