Christina Hanawalt earned a B.S. in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University, after which she taught high school art in Fairfax County Public Schools in northern Virginia. While teaching, Christina earned her M.A. in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art. After moving back to Pennsylvania, Christina taught introductory art history and art appreciation courses at several colleges and universities. In 2016, Hanawalt earned her PhD in Art Education with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. Her doctoral research examined the experiences of new art teachers using a theory of collage as critical practice as a framework for generating new understandings of what it means to be an art teacher in contemporary public schools, especially given their entanglement in the widespread audit and standardization culture of education. Beyond her dissertation work, Christina has also been pursuing historical research of an early 20th century art educator from Massachusetts. Christina has published in journals such as The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education and Studies in Art Education.