Audra Buck-Coleman
Associate Professor
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Audra Buck-Coleman is an Associate Professor of Design and Graphic Design Program Director in the Department of Art and Social Design Research Fellow at the Lab for Applied Social Science Research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She holds an MFA in two-dimensional design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in sociology with an emphasis on social psychology and social mobility and inequality from UMD. Buck-Coleman has written, art directed, curated, designed, authored, and directed dozens of design projects, including Sticks + Stones, an international multi-university collaborative graphic design project that investigates how words and images perpetuate oppression, prejudice and discrimination and how design can disrupt these cultural systems. Her research focuses the intersection of social design, assessment, community building and empowering underrepresented populations. These resulting design projects have received national and international recognition from Core77, Design Incubation and AIGA, among others.