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Alice Lai

Dr. Alice Lai is a Professor at School of Arts & Humanities. She is also an Associate Chair at Department of Arts and Media. Dr. Lai developed and teaches courses mostly online focusing on women’s art history, multicultural art, art theories and criticism, and distance education. She coordinates the department’s Empire Online undergraduate courses. Her research spans the areas of art education, online education, critical theory and pedagogy (e.g., feminisms, feminist pedagogies, critical multiculturalism, digital pedagogies, and digital gender inequality). She has published chapters and articles in academic journals such as Studies in Art Education, Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Visual culture and Gender, Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, and Pedagogy. She also has frequently presented her research at international and national conferences such as National Art Education Association, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, and American Educational Research Association conferences.


  • B.A. in Art/Graphic Design from California State University
  • M.A. in Art Education from California State University
  • Ph.D. in Art Education from Ohio State University


  • Pitri, E. & Lai, A. (2018). Guerrillas and Chameleons: Future Art Teachers Making Meaningful Art on Gender Issues. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association Annual conference, New York, NY.
  • Lai, A. & Cooper, Y. (2016). Untangling gender divides through girly and gendered visual culture. Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, 36, 96-107.
  • Lai, A. (2015). Inequalities in online education. In D. Slykhuis & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 (pp. 674-681). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Lai, A. (2013). Ethnography. In M. Buffington & S. Wilson McKay (Eds.), Practice theory: Seeing the power of teacher researchers (pp.137-144). Reston VA: The National Art Education Association.
  • Lai, A. (2012). Culturally responsive art education in a global era. Art Education, 65(5), 18-23.
  • Buffington, M. L. & Lai, A. (2011). Resistance and tension in feminist teaching. Visual Arts Research, 37(2), 1-13.
  • Lai, A. (2010). An examination of technology-mediated feminist consciousness-raising in art education. In C.D. Maddux, D. Gibson, & B, Dodge (Eds.), Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2010 (pp. 213-220). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.