Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Melanie Davenport

Second Advisor

Timothy Flowers

Third Advisor

Melody Milbrandt


There are limited resources available for art teachers wishing to implement a photography curriculum that focus on social justice. Since the camera is a highly effective communicative tool, students should be encouraged to vocalize their understanding of how to better society through visual images. This research highlights the significance of photography and its ability to change the manner in which people view the world. The culminating product of this research is a downloadable PDF that features both contemporary and historical artists and organizations that have used photography to express social justice. The aim of this research is to promote photography to administrators, supporters, local communities, and students. Art teachers are encouraged to use the advocacy resource provided to promote social justice in their photography program.


ballenger_holly_b_2_201405_maed.pdf (6086 kB)
Photography Advocacy Tool