James Sanders

James Sanders

Associate Professor
MFA, Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina Greensboro, Education
BFA, Arkansas State University

James H. Sanders III (Jim) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at the Ohio State University, has taught across the department’s graduate programs and coordinates the department’s Graduate Specialization in Museum Education and Management.  Dr. Sanders teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including an interdisciplinary arts career preparation course, Exploring Careers Across the Arts: Positioning Passion, the cross-listed elective, Visual Media Representations of LGBTQ Subjects, approved in Art Education, Film Studies and Sexuality Studies.  The graduate level course, Histories of Arts Education Policies and Practices  is a requisite for Ph.D. and APA students in the program.

Professor Sanders arts-based, narrative, and interpretive research explores policies and practices culturally constituting subjectivities and shaping understandings of schools, traditions, agencies and agents. Centrally concerned with how meanings and values are socially constructed, contested, performed, interpreted, documented and historically recorded, his research examines schools, community arts organizations and museum settings, and contemplates how each contributes in the construction of vibrant cultural communities. Sanders has delivered scholarly papers in Australia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and USA.

Dr. Sanders’ academic presentations and publications cross fields of education, art, and historic studies; work frequently framed from critical and queer perspectives that question distributions of power and authority, and what subjects are deemed worthy of study.  Sanders also remains engaged in studio practices, working in fibers/weaving, and ceramics. He is a committed gardener, baker, and devoted grandfather.

Sanders earned his Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (1999), and MFA in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1976), and a BFA awarded by the Arkansas State University (1974) in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Born in Chicago, and completing his public education in Northern Illinois, Sanders’ biological family have primarily resided in North Central Arkansas over the past two centuries.

Prior to arriving at The Ohio State University, Sanders worked in the nonprofit sector for 26 years.  From 1977-1987 as he served as Executive Director of the Ozark Craft Guild, an Arkansas craft cooperative of both traditional and contemporary artisans.  From 1987-2003 as Executive Director of the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he managed one of the largest community schools of visual art in the United States, and during his last three years in that post he founded the Arts Based Elementary School, a North Carolina Public Charter School.

Sanders has received an Ohio’s Art Educator of the Year recognition from the Ohio Art Education Association, and is now serving a fourth consecutive term on the board of Ohio Citizens for the Arts.  Over the past 15 years Sanders has held more than a half-dozen executive offices in special interest groups of the American Education Research Association and National Art Education Association,, served six years on the Curriculum and Pedagogy board, and held numerous state and local leadership roles across Arkansas, North Carolina, and Ohio. Sanders is currently completing a third term as Treasurer of the International Society for Education through Art.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community arts organizations
  • Art and history museums
  • Institutional policy and practice
  • Film/media
  • Pedagogical teaching in grades K-16 school settings


  • 2004-2006 Co-President.
  • 2003-2004 Vice President.
  • 1998 Piedmont Triad Stars Award.
  • 1996 Arts and Cultural Organization of the Year Award.
  • 1994-1995 Department of Human Relations Award: Cultural Organization of the Year.
  • 1994 Governor’s Business Awards in the Arts and Humanities.
  • 1990 Art Agency of Distinction.
  • 1988 Co-founder.
  • 1985 Co-founder.
  • 1976 Best of Show.
  • 1970-1972 Art Faculty Grant Award (full scholarship).

Book Chapters


  • 2007. "Breathing curiously: Queering the curriculum body.." In S. Springgay & D. Freedman (Eds.), Curriculum and the Cultural Body,


  • 2005. "Discourses of social dis-ease: Visual cultural studies as prophylactic/ Praxis as rough trade." In Culture and the Condom, edited by K. Anijar, Neuhaus & D. Jensen,
  • 2005. "Rethinking practices in community-based arts education." In Crossing boundaries: The arts, education and social change, edited by V. Marcow-Speiser & M. C. Powell,


  • 2004. "Learning to let go." In Democratic Responses in an Era of Standardization: Personal, Instructional, Institutional, Scholarly, Community Responsibilities, edited by M. Birch, N.Brooks, L. Coia, E. Heilman, S. Mayer, A. Mountain & P. Pritchard,,
  • 2004. "Moving beyond the binary." In Objects and meaning: Readings that challenge the norm, edited by A. Fariello & P. Owen,


  • 2003. "Unthinking heteronormative practices in arts administration." In From our voices: Art educators and artists speak out about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues, edited by L. Lampela & E. Check,


  • 2001. "Founders: Reconsidering racial policy in a community art school." In Democratic curriculum theory & practice: Retrieving public spaces, edited by K. Sloan and J. Sears,

Journal Articles


  • Sanders, J.H., 2009, "Media Review." -
  • Sanders, J., 2009, "White folks in black spaces." Journal of Social and Cultural Research in Education
  • Sanders, J. H. III, 2009, "Eugene Dening: Young Artist from Alberta." Journal of LGBT Youth 6, no. 2, 1-8 - 1-8.
  • Dr. Harry James Sanders III, 2009, "Come Out, Come Out." Journal of LGBT Youth


  • Sanders, J. H. III, 2008, "Public Policy and Arts Administration (PPAA) column." NAEA News 50, no. 3, 21 - 21.
  • Sanders, J., 2008, "Troubling the IRB: Institutional review boards' impact on art educator conducting social science research involving human subjects." Studies in Art Education 49, no. 4,
  • Sanders, J., 2008, "Casey Doyle: Artist at play." Journal of LGBT Youth 1, no. 2,
  • Sanders, J.H. III, 2008, "The museum's silent sexual performance." Museums & Social Issues 3, no. 1, 15-27 - 15-27.


  • Sanders, J., 2007, "Queering art teacher education." International Journal of Art and Design Education 26, no. 1,
  • Rhoades, M. & Sanders, J. H. III, 2007, "Revisioning Glenn Ligon: Some Changes ["About the cover," photo essay]." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education 4, no. 4, 1-10 - 1-10.
  • Sanders, J. H. III, 2007, "PPAA column." NAEA News 49, no. 5, 14 - 14.
  • Sanders, J. H. III, 2007, "Nick Cave's soundsuit serenade ["about the cover," photo essay]." International Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education 4, no. 1, 5-12 - 5-12.
  • Sanders, J.H. III, 2007, "Queer visual culture texts." Visual Arts Research 33, no. 1, 44-55 - 44-55.
  • Sanders, J. H. III, 2007, "PPAA column." NAEA News 49, no. 4, 14 - 14.
  • Sanders, J.H. III, 2007, Queering the Museum. CultureWork 11, no. 1,


  • Sanders, J.H. III, 2006, "Performing arts-based education research:An epic drama of practice, precursors, problems, and possibilities." Studies in Art Education 48, no. 1, 89-107 - 89-107.
  • Sanders, J. H. III, 2006, "Visual cultural studies and human rights." Journal of Visual Arts Research 32, no. 2, 21-25 - 21-25.
  • James Harry Sanders III, 2006, "Soundsuit Serenade." International Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education 4, no. 1,
  • Sanders, J., 2006, "Please update record with Title." -


  • James Harry Sanders III with Brett Beemyn, 2005, "Queer visualities: Trans issue introduction to the photographs of Mariette Pathy Allen." International Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education 3, no. 1,
  • Sanders, J., 2005, "Queer visualities: Trans issue intorduction to the photographs of Mariette Pathy Allen." International Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education 3, no. 1,
  • Dr James Harry Sanders III, 2005, "Valuing arts-based research, arts-informed pedagogical performances, and curriculum challenges of multiple arts technologies." Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 1, no. 2, 61-65 - 61-65.
  • James Harry Sanders III with Kimberly Cosier, Laurel Lampela, Susan Marie Moreno de la Garnica, Deborah L. Smith-Shank, Mindi Rhodes, & Jessie Whitehead, 2005, "(Un)becoming queer/(Un)becoming LGBTIC." In jan jagodzinski The Paradoxes of Un(becoming): 25th Anniversary Issue Journal of Social Theory and Art Education 25, 69-96 - 69-96.


  • Dr James Harry Sanders III, 2004, "Editorial (co-authored with Mindi Rhodes), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Caucus Column." NAEA News 46, no. 4,
  • Dr James Harry Sanders III, & Rhodes, M., 2004, "Editorial. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues Caucus Column." NAEA News 46, no. 6, 15 - 15.


  • Baldwin, Sandy.; Denton, Zac.; Gagne, Tracey.; Lowther, John.; Mulholland, Tedd.; Prejsnar, Mark.; Prunty, Randy.; Sanders, James.; Van Buskirk, J. S., 2003, "APG.." JAB (Journal of Artists' Books) no. 19, Front Cover-Inside Front Cover, 1 - Front Cover-Inside Front Cover, 1.
  • Dr James Harry Sanders III, 2003, "(re)Marking time/(re)examining the social history of a community school of visual art. (2003)." Journal of Social Theory in Art Education In jan jagodzinski (Ed), 23, 11-44 - 11-44.


  • Sanders, James, 1955-; Heathcote, Edwin, reviewer., 2002, "Celluloid Skyline [book review].." Architects' Journal 216, no. 11, 48 - 48.
  • Sanders, James.; Quart, Leonard, reviewer., 2002, "Celluloid skyline [book review].." Cineaste 27, no. 2, 56-7 - 56-7.