Introduction to the Issue


  • Amanda Marie Shufflebarger Snell University of Arizona
  • Marianna Pegno Tucson Museum of Art

Author Biographies

Amanda Marie Shufflebarger Snell, University of Arizona

Shufflebarger Snell grew up in central Indiana, where she taught and co-taught second language courses, family literacy programs, and in a bilingual preschool at a community-based organization during and after college. After a year teaching at a public school in Laatzen, Germany, she moved to Tucson to join the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching doctoral program at the University of Arizona, where community concerns drive her research. Along with teaching adults and mentoring children at a local public school district in Southern Arizona, she has collaborated intensively with community organizations to teach adult learners and develop trainings for volunteers working with learners with immigrant and refugee backgrounds.

Marianna Pegno, Tucson Museum of Art

Pegno is the Curator of Community Engagement at the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) where she has worked to position the Museum as an interactive, community-centered space through public programs, exhibitions, and strategic partnerships. She has presented at national and international conferences and has published in The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum; the American Alliance of Museums’ Museum magazine; as well as in the anthologies Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums (edited by Pat Villeneuve and Ann Rowson Love) and Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today (edited by Joni Boyd Acuff and Laura Evans). Pegno holds a PhD in art and visual culture education, an MA in art history from the University of Arizona, and a BA from New York University. Her dissertation, Narratives of Elsewhere and In-Between: Refugee Audiences, Edu-Curators, and the Boundary Event in Art Museums, was awarded the 2018 Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education from the National Art Education Association.