Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceCollege of Liberal Arts

Shannon McMullen

  • Associate Professor of Art and Design and American Studies

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Art and Design // Rueffschool // Faculty
American Studies // SIS // Faculty
Design, Art, and Performance // Faculty
Interdisciplinary Studies // Faculty

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  • Specialization

  • Art, Culture & Technology, American Studies

  • Shannon McMullen is a jointly appointed Associate Professor in the School of Visual and Performing Arts and in American Studies at Purdue University. She received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego in 2007.

    Based on her fieldwork experience and dissertation writing in the areas of visual and material culture, Dr. McMullen has developed a creative practice that combines social inquiry and artistic strategies. Her current research interests and creative endeavors focus on relations between nature and technology, the creation of installations and artifacts to produce temporary social spaces, and engagement with public visual cultures. Collaboration and interdisciplinarity shape her research and practice.  

    Dr. McMullen is currently working on three major projects. An ongoing collaboration with Fabian Winkler on a series of artworks and strategies at the intersection of nature and technology defined by the artists as Critical Gardening begins with the premise that gardens express ideas, ideologies and social relations. Viewing Narratives and Voicing Alternatives will apply social inquiry and artistic forms to elicit public dialogue around the gender narratives of campus visual and material culture. Finally, as part of a recently Mellon-funded exploratory grant entitled Local and Global Perspectives on E-Waste: Integrating the Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering to Examine the Life Cycle of Electronics, Dr. McMullen will work with an interdisciplinary group of Purdue scholars to develop artistic strategies for engaging with the public around the issue of electronic waste.

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