Vivek Vellanki

Vivek Vellanki is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education. He has worked with teachers and youth inside and outside institutional spaces in India and the U.S. He teaches courses on immigrant language and culture, arts integration, and art experiences with children and youth. Vivek’s current work draws on arts-based methodologies to explore the use and affordances of photography in educational research. Through The Passport Photo Project, Vivek brings together these interests and examines the experiences/stories of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. using the photographic medium. 

Through the fellowship, I am interested in exploring the role of the arts in the undergraduate classroom and the possibilities for thinking of the classroom as a site for exploration, play, and performance. I am interested in collaborating with an artist to develop a site-specific and participatory performance through which my students and I can learn, create, and think. 

Photo credit: Urja Davesar