Jennifer Way is a development editor for art history and humanities projects as well as an academic researcher and scholarly writer and program creator, and a professor of art history.

She creates courses and programs in the humanities and art history, including methodology. Her own teaching and scholarly research focus on the period since 1900, emphasizing social meanings and uses that people make of art, craft, design, photography, collections, exhibitions, and histories, which she explores with historical and contemporary theory and methods. Her current publication projects examine craft and wars of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as craft as a therapeutic modality of wellness and healing.

Read examples of her published research online at Research Gate – https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jennifer_Way2/research 

New publication! I am excited that my article about craft and care in contexts of war, race, and ableism has been published. It comes from research for my current book project about craft, an aesthetics of care, and wars of the 20th and 21st centuries. Citation for the article: Jennifer Way, “Healing WW1 Soldiers with Craft Therapy and its Photographic Narratives of Masculine Ableism and White Privilege,” Special issue: Material Cultures of Sickness, Health, and Healing, in Material Culture, The Journal of the International Society for Landscape, Place, & Material Culture 53 no.2 (Fall 2021), 34-54

Coming soon:

  • 2022 “From salvaging to merchandising—Vietnamese craft on display in America, 1956-1958,” in Verity Clarkson, Harriet Atkinson, and Sarah Lichtman (eds.) Exhibitions beyond Boundaries: Transnational Exchanges through Art, Architecture, and Design from 1945 (Bloomsbury Academic Press) forthcoming
  • 2022 “Subjects of industry: craft therapy, its photography, and healing American soldiers of World War 1,” in by Micky Lee, Pat Reeve, Frank Rudy Cooper (eds.) Dis/ability in media, law, and history: Embodied AND socially constructed  (Routledge Taylor & Francis, Feb/March 2022)

Way’s current monograph book project, Craft, wellness, and healing in contexts of war (under contract with Routledge, Research in Art History Series) examines craft deployed as a therapeutic modality and aesthetics of care for Americans coping, healing, and rehabilitating from traumas and injuries of war, including COVID-19. Research is supported by a Center for Craft Research Fund Project Grant.

Her previous book, Politics of Vietnamese Craft: American Diplomacy and Domestication, explores how Americans appropriated a foreign art form in programs that intersected their diplomatic agendas and domestic life with South Vietnam on questions of Vietnamese belonging in the Free World from about 1955 to 1961.

book jacket July 2019

Among the course topics that Way has taught in relation to her research are: the visual culture of refugees and migrants, art and suffering, the politics of belonging, objects of diplomacy, cultural heritage and memory, politics of exhibitions, artists as citizens, critical histories of craft and art history, critical disability studies and art, and healing and art.

Way has also published on the work of British, Irish, and American artists active since 1945 and about art and technology with emphasis on gender. Her research has been supported by Trinity College, Dublin (Fulbright); Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin; National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Institute of International Visual Arts, London; Smithsonian National American Art Museum (Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship); Lemelson Center for Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; Newberry Library, Chicago, and Center for Crafts, Asheville.


Way has developed collaborative, interdisciplinary academic projects in partnership with members of her college and university, and with the greater Dallas Fort Worth community and organizations located outside region. Selected examples include the public interview series, Conversations: Art, Politics & North Texas; the symposium, Leadership Perspectives on Technology and Art; student teaching for the Virtual Senior Center, NYC; and Collections Cultures and Collaborations, a student-research, collections-based project collaborating with local museums and collecting organizations. Way currently serves as a board member for the Visual Arts Society of Texas and on the Council of Readers for the College Art Association’s annual conference.

She has supervised over 60 MA art history projects and created and taught more than 30 seminar topics and 15 upper-level art history courses. Numerous scholars and artists have visited with students in her courses. Way received a university award for mentoring students in research, and a university award for teaching.  She has served as PI and Co-PI for numerous external and internal grants and fellowships from the Center for Craft, Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, Smithsonian Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellowship, Design History Society, Smithsonian The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History, Clinton Institute for American Studies Fellowship, Humanities Texas (formerly Texas Council for the Humanities) a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Edward and Betty Marcus Digital Education Project for Texas Art Museums Grant, Fulbright Senior Fellowship Award Fellowship Council for the International Exchange for Scholars, and Yale Center for British Art.

Way earned a certificate for completing training in Inclusion, Equity, and Community Building during fall 2021. She serves in university leadership roles promoting diversity and gender equity, graduate studies, the faculty voice in policy, and the accessibility of information in the workplace environment. Working across her university she developed a cohort group to report on the status of women faculty. She originated the Art History Department’s 4+1 BA/MA degree track  that mentors high-achieving undergraduate art history majors to begin their program of graduate art history studies during their senior year. She has overseen merit, promotion and tenure processes for her college and program and mentored probationary faculty through tenure. Way served as program coordinator for art history , chaired academic search committees, and supervised college academic, gallery, and ad hoc policy and grievance committees, among others.

Peer review evaluation

Way has evaluated conference proposals, grants, and manuscripts for the College Art Association, Council on Undergraduate Research, European Science Foundation, HERA– Humanities in the European Research Area’s Joint Research Programmed, Danish Council for Independent Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, Bloomsbury Academic Press, University of Washington Press, FolkloreIrish Studies Review, Feminist Media Histories, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Art Journal, American Art Journal, and Smithsonian American Art Museum