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Anu Mitra, Ph.D.

Faculty, Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Certificate Facilitator in Design Thinking and Museum Studies

Union Institute & University


Anu M. Mitra has worked as an administrator and faculty member at the Union Institute & University since 1988. Her areas of expertise are museum studies, visual culture, design thinking, arts-based practices, art, and writing and she is the facilitator of the Museum Studies and Design Thinking Certificate programs. Dr. Mitra is a Fulbright Specialist and has published extensively in journals and anthologies. In 2021, she served as a fellow at Natalie Goldberg’s The Way of Writing: Opening the Practice of Wild Mind retreat. Her writing, research and workshops linking art and social justice, and art and leadership development have been offered at many forums, including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the University of Cincinnati Medical School, and to doctoral candidates at Union Institute & University. She has presented on several aspects of her work, most recently at the Art of Management and Organizations, the International Leadership Association, and the European Council on Educational Research, among others.

Dr. Mitra serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Ohio Advisory Board of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, and Cincinnati Ballet. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

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