Dan Li


33 Kresge Art Center East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyArt, Art History, and Design

Academic Specialist
Art Education


Dan Li is an Art Education Academic Specialist in the Department of Art, Art History, & Design at Michigan State University. Li received her Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Houston. She holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary Studio Arts and Criticism in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (major in Visual Arts and minor in Special Needs) at the Education University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include social justice art education, issues-based art education, critical visual literacy, interdisciplinary art education, and technology in art education. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in various national and international art education journals such as Art Education Journal, International Journal of Education & the Arts, and International Journal of Arts Education. Her research has been funded by the Office of the Provost Global Initiatives and Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE) Grant at the University of Houston, as well as the College of Arts & Letters and the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Excel Network (Arts and Letters Projects Fund) at the Michigan State University. Her recent project is funded by the National Art Education Association Art Education Technology Interest Group. She actively presents her research at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) conferences. She has served as a juror for the Texas Art Education Visual Art Scholastic Event and served as a nominating committee member of National Art Education Association for selection of President-elect and Division Directors-elect.

She is now serving on the editorial review board of the Art Education Journal. She held a solo art exhibition at the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library at the University of Houston. Recently, her artworks will be shown at the Department of Art, Art History, and Design 2021 Faculty Triennial at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University from August 7th to December 19th, 2021.


Li, D. (In press). Illustrating community: The mural art of James Cochran. Art Education (The Journal of the National Art Education Association).

Li, D. (In press). An image tells a story: Art and language arts integrated lesson. Classmate (The Journal of Manitoba Association of Teachers of English)

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (In press). Social media as a teaching tool for art education. NAEA Advisory.

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2021). Pre-service art teachers’ perspectives on building virtual art gallery exhibitions. International Journal of Arts Education.

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2021). Issues-based STEAM education: A case study in a Hong Kong secondary school. International Journal of Education & the Arts. 22(3), 1-23. http://www.ijea.org/v22n3/v22n3.pdf

Li, D. (2021). Chinese spirituality through a contemporary artist lens: The art of Chi Hang Leong. Art Education, 74(2), 52-57.

Li, D. (2020). Integrated art and technology education: Using digital storytelling in an art class. International Journal of Arts Education, 18(2), 164-187.

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2020). Socially engaged art education: Exploring issues of homelessness in an elementary art classroom. International Journal of Education & the Arts. 21(21), 1-21. http://www.ijea.org/v21n21/v21n21.pdf

Li, D. (2020). Social justice art education from a teacher’s perspective. International Journal of Arts Education. 18(2), 1-24.

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2020). Social reconstructionist art education: Exploring homeless issues with elementary students. International Journal of Arts Education, 18(1), 68-90.

Li, D. (2019). The art of paper-tearing with Sing Man Lee. Art Education, 72(6), 46-54.

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2019). Sexism in hip-hop culture: Exploitation of sexism by graffiti female artists. International Journal of Arts Education, 17(2), 44-65.

Li, D. (2019). Gender issues presented in dolls and their packaging. International Journal of Arts Education, 17(2), 1-24. 

Li, D. (2019). Discussing critical media literacy in an art education class with preservice generalist teachers. International Journal of Arts Education. 17(1), 68-92.

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2019). Examining the functionality and aesthetics of emojis. International Journal of Arts Education, 17(1), 1-17. 

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2019). Culturally responsive art education. NAEA Advisory. https://www.arteducators.org/research/articles/485-naea-advisory-culturally-responsive-art-education

Li, D. (2019). Using 3D Card-making project to motivate students’ writing. The Montana English Journal, 41(4), 1-5. https://scholarworks.umt.edu/mej/vol41/iss1/4/

Li, D. (2019). Preserving disappeared/disappearing memory in local communities: The FOTOMO artwork of Ka Wai Ip. Art Education (The Journal of the National Art Education Association), 72(2), 26-34. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00043125.2019.1559595

Li, D. (2018). Fostering students’ active learning strategies in a flipped art class. International Journal of Arts Education, 16(2), 22-42.

Li, D. (2018). Critical media literacy: A social semiotic analysis and multimodal discourse of corpocracy. International Journal of Education & the Arts. http://www.ijea.org/v19n16/v19n16.pdf

Li, D. (2018). Using issues-based art education to facilitate middle school students’ learning in racial issues. International Journal of Education & the Arts. 19(12). 1-18. http://www.ijea.org/v19n12/v19n12.pdf

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2018). Teaching art within funding limitations. NAEA Advisory. https://www.arteducators.org/research/articles/374-naea-advisory-teaching-art-within-funding-limitations

Li, D., & Chung, S. K. (2018). Digital learning tools for art teachers. NAEA Advisory. https://www.arteducators.org/research/articles/375-naea-advisory-digital-learning-tools-for-art-teachers

Li, D. (2017). Sexuality and women’s empowerment in art classroom: A postfeminist perspective. International Journal of Arts Education. 15(2), 35-59.

Li, D. (2017). A hands-on book report: Building a setting to fit a character. Virginia English Journal, 67(2), 89-94.

Li, D. (2017). Women’s careers and hobbies: Deconstructing gender stereotypes through dolls from postfeminist perspectives. International Journal of Arts Education, 15(1), 59-81.

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2017). An artistic and spiritual exploration of Chinese joss paper. Art Education. 70(6), 28-35. https://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.lib.uh.edu/doi/full/10.1080/00043125.2017.1361770

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2017). Art in daily living: The playful work of Tin Yan Wong. Art Education, 70(5), 57-62. https://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.lib.uh.edu/doi/full/10.1080/00043125.2017.1335554

Chung, S. K., & Li, D. (2016). Inclusive art education: Classroom intervention on teaching students with special needs. NAEA Advisory. https://www.arteducators.org/research/articles/271-naea-advisory-classroom-intervention-on-teaching-students-with-special-needs

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