Manisha Sharma holds a Ph.D. (2015) and M.A. (2003) in art education, from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and a B.F.A. (1998) in Photography from the Delhi College of Art, Delhi, India. She is a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member.
Sharma's research examines how perceptions of culture and community are formed, internalized, and acted out within communities, through the production and consumption of art and visual culture artifacts. Specifically, her research and teaching (1) unpack the role of identity in the teaching of art, (2) strategize community-oriented arts programming, and (3) explore decolonizing art education praxis. Her research has been disseminated at international conferences, and in several scholarly journals and books. She has co-edited the Routledge publication Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Social Change (2018) and is a member of the 2020-21 Review Board of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, the official journal of the Caucus of Social Theory in Art Education, an issues group of the National Art Education Association.
She has lived and worked in India, Japan, Mexico, and the U.S. and taught art, design, and photography in K-12 schools in Japan, Mexico, and the U.S., as well as in community and museum settings, and in higher education at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.