Sara Ishii, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Visual Arts

Sara Ishii, Ph.D.

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Sara Ishii is an interdisciplinary feminist artist/scholar with a background in Visual Art and Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies. Her ongoing research examines creative interventions into social justice issues related to contemporary feminist art, Gloria Anzaldúan theorizing, and interpersonal violence. Ishii’s art practice employs painting and mixed media to investigate the inner dimensions of emotional and verbal abuse within the larger spectrum of interpersonal violence. Her work confronts the silence surrounding emotional and verbal abuse, marking its impact and acknowledging the resilience of victims/survivors.
Ishii holds a PhD in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies from Texas Woman’s University, an MFA in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a MA in Feminist, Gender, and Women’s Studies from York University, Toronto. She has publications in El Mundo Zurdo 5: Selected Works from the 2015 Meeting of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa and Loading…Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association. Ishii has exhibited work in the US and internationally including the Dallas Contemporary, Eugene Binder Gallery in Marfa, TX, Propeller Gallery in Toronto, ON, and the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. She has been a recipient of the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Summer Show Critic’s Choice Award from the Dallas Contemporary.


Ph.D., Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
M.A., Feminist, Gender, and Women's Studies, York University, Toronto, ON
M.F.A., Arts and Technology, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX
B.A., Arts and Performance, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

Artistic Interests

Contemporary Feminist Ar;, Women-of-Colors Art; Gloria AnzaldĂșan Theorizing; Interpersonal Violence; Open Educational Resources; Feminist and Womanist Theories

Latest Articles

"'Unless she had implants, she must be Chinese': A feminist analysis of players' responses to representations of Chinese and Japanese female video game characters."
Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association (2014)
Sara Ishii


Epistemologies of Emotion: Explorations of Gloria Anzaldúa's La Facultad and Jane Bennett's Enchantment
in El Mundo Zurdo 5 | Aunt Lute Books (2016)
Sara Ishii

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Texas Woman's University (2018)
  • Graduate Experiential Scholar Program, Texas Woman's University (2016)