Patty Bode is a Visiting Associate Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. She earned her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she concentrated in Language, Literacy and Culture. Her research and teaching interests are undergirded by sixteen years of teaching in public schools. She draws from critical social theory including: critical multicultural theory, critical practices in teacher preparation, cultural congruent curriculum design, the arts in urban education, and student knowledge and political action. Professor Bode prepares emerging teachers to educate children and teens in the visual arts as a form of civic engagement, asserting art education as a civil right and human right. She has received awards for efforts in anti-racist curriculum reform and multicultural education including the Multicultural Educator of the Year Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education. She was also awarded Eastern US Region National Art Educator of the Year in Higher Education by the National Art Education Association in 2010.