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Betty Farrell Executive Director

Will Anderson Assistant Director

Jennifer Novak-Leonard NORC Research Associate & CPC Research Manager

Carroll Joynes Senior Fellow

Norman Bradburn Senior Fellow

Lawrence Rothfield Former Faculty Director

Joanna Woronkowicz Former Associate

Peter Linett Former Associate

Santi Furnari Former Associate

Nick Rabkin Former Associate

Maria Kouri Former Visiting Fulbright Scholar


Betty FarrellBetty Farrell

Executive Director

Before taking the helm at the Cultural Policy Center in 2009, Betty Farrell, who earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University, was associate director of the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences and a senior lecturer in the Social Science Division at the University of Chicago.

Her recent work on the cultural sector has included the book, Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in the Nonprofit Arts, co-edited with Diane Grams (Rutgers University Press 2008), a study of 85 nonprofit cultural organizations across the U.S. and their ongoing strategies to increase audience participation in the arts, as well as the research report, "Demographic Change and the Future of Museums" (American Association of Museums 2010).

At the CPC, Farrell has organized public symposia, research presentations, and a weekly workshop series on topics of broad relevance to the cultural community. She has cultivated an informal partnership with a consortium of international arts consultants, under the name of "CultureLab," with the goal of spurring innovative practice and critical thinking for the cultural field. She teaches a yearly graduate research practicum at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies that immerses students in real-world cultural policy projects dealing with some of the most pressing issues affecting the cultural sector.


Will AndersonWill Anderson

Assistant Director

Will Anderson, AM'09, has conducted research for Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums, aided in publicity and project management efforts for Set in Stone, and co-authored and co-edited Campus Art Museums in the 21st Century: A Conversation. He is probably prepping for next week's workshop at this very minute.


Jennifer Novak-Leonard Jennifer Novak-Leonard

NORC Research Associate & CPC Research Manager

Jennifer Novak-Leonard specializes in evaluation and research — specifically innovative measurement systems to understand cultural participation, and the personal and public value derived from those experiences. Her work lies at the nexus between research, policy and practice.

Currently, Jennifer is serving as a principal investigator of the California Survey of Arts Participation (working title) through NORC, and of the Chicago Arts and Culture Issue Briefs project with Arts Alliance Illinois.

Previously, Jennifer was a Senior Consultant with WolfBrown and an Assistant Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. Jennifer is the lead author on "Beyond Attendance: A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation" (2011), a monograph for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is co-author of the WolfBrown reports "Assessing the Intrinsic Impacts of a Live Performance" (2007) and "Cultural Engagement in California's Inland Regions" (2008). She is also co-author of "Arts and Culture in the Metropolis: Strategies for Sustainability" (RAND, 2007) and a contributor to "Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts" (RAND, 2004). She is completing her PhD at the RAND Graduate School.


Carroll JoynesCarroll Joynes

Senior Fellow

Carroll Joynes co-founded the Cultural Policy Center and served as executive director for its first ten years. He received his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1981, taught at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York and at New York University, and returned to the University of Chicago as Associate Dean of Humanities in 1994. In addition to establishing the CPC in 1999 and overseeing its development as co-director, he has served on the majority of its research projects, helping produce a comprehensive map of minority participation in Chicago cultural institutions, and contributing to Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in Nonprofit Arts. With Norman Bradburn, he is co-principal investigator of Set in Stone, a large-scale study of cultural building in the United States. He also has served as a trustee of several cultural organizations in Chicago.

Norman BradburnNorman Bradburn

Senior Fellow

Bradburn is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the faculties of the University of Chicago’s Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, Department of Psychology, Booth School of Business and the College and a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. He is a former provost of the University (1984-1989), chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences (1973-1979), and associate dean of the Division of the Social Sciences (1971-1973). From 2000-2004 he was the Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Associated with NORC since 1961, he has been director of NORC and president of its Board of Trustees.

Bradburn has been at the forefront in developing theory and practice in the field of sample survey research in the cultural sector. He is co-director of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators project and co-principal investigator of Set in Stone, the CPC’s cultural building project. For the Humanities Indicators project he oversees the collation and analysis of data, the creation of reliable benchmarks to guide future analysis of the humanities, and the development of a consistent and sustainable means of updating the data. For the cultural building project he oversees the systematic measurement of recent building projects and their consequences, modeling levels of creativity and sustainability of individual arts organizations before and after building projects, and the overall cultural vibrancy and vitality of their cities or regions as a result.

Lawrence RothfieldLarry Rothfield

Former Faculty Director

Lawrence Rothfield is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. He co-founded the Cultural Policy Center with Carroll Joynes and served for ten years as its faculty director. He also served as director (and co-founder, with Gerald Graff) of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. Professor Rothfield co-designed and co-taught Introduction to Cultural Policy with economist Don Coursey in 2000, and has been teaching one of the CPC’s core courses every year since then.

Rothfield’s research in cultural policy falls into three broad areas: cultural heritage; the arts and urban development; and humanities policy. His recent cultural policy publications include: The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum, Antiquities under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War, Chicago Music City, and contributed to Mapping State Cultural Policy: The State of Washington.

For Rothfield's blog on cultural heritage, see The Punching Bag.


Joanna WoronkowiczJoanna Woronkowicz

Former Associate

Joanna is an assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington. Previously she served as the Senior Research Officer at the National Endowment for the Arts. Her research interests include cultural policy and nonprofit management, particularly as they relate to cultural facility development and urban policy. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Joanna blogs about cultural policy at

Peter LinettPeter Linett

Former Associate

Peter Linett is a partner at Slover Linett Strategies, a Chicago-based audience research and evaluation firm serving museums, arts organizations, and educational institutions. Linett is a longtime friend and collaborator of the Cultural Policy Center, having helped conceive the Cultural Infrastructure Project and consulted on other initiatives. He will be a Visiting Associate at the Cultural Policy Center for the winter and spring quarters of 2010. Linett serves as associate editor for theory and practice at Curator, the museum field’s leading peer-refereed journal, and on the national advisory council of the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Association of Museums. He blogs at Asking Audiences. Linett’s current research focuses on innovation in museum exhibition. At the Cultural Policy Center, he will develop plans for a “lab museum” to experiment with new forms of public engagement with art, science, and history content.

Santi FurnariSanti Furnari

Former Associate

Santi Furnari is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Cass Business School in London. Santi was Visiting Scholar at the Cultural Policy Center for the fall quarter 2009. Before completing his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Santi was a visiting Ph.D. student (2006-2007) and an Advanced Research-abroad Fellow of the IRI Foundation (2007-2008) at the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Santi’s main research interest is the study of the social and political forces driving innovation in the field of public architecture and design. His Ph.D. dissertation is an historical study of the cognitive, organizational and social network mechanisms underlying the creation of Millennium Park in Chicago. Together with colleagues Anna Grandori and Giuseppe Soda at Bocconi University, Santi has also published several papers and book chapters in academic journals and edited volumes. At the Cultural Policy Center, Santi is further developing his research on the origins of Millennium Park and on the policy implications of this large architectural project with his graduate research assistants Nidia Banuelos and Plamena Pehlivanova.

Nick RabkinNick Rabkin

Former Associate

Nick Rabkin is an associate of the Cultural Policy Center and a member of the consulting team that created the new Chicago Cultural Plan. His other recent work includes a monograph for the National Endowment for the Arts, "Arts Education: What declines mean for participation" (PDF), and the Teaching Artists Research Project, the first large-scale study of teaching artists. He is the co-author of Putting the Arts in the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century. He has served as director of the Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College Chicago, senior program officer for arts and culture at the MacArthur Foundation, Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the city of Chicago, and executive director of the Organic Theater.


Maria KouriMaria Kouri

Former Visiting Fulbright Scholar

Maria Kouri is elected Lecturer of Cultural Administration and Sustainable Development of Local Communities at the University of the Peloponnese (Greece). She received her MA on Cultural Policy and Administration at the Warwick University (UK) and her doctorate at the University of Vienna (Austria) on audience development for non-profit arts organizations.

Her research interests include: strategic planning for supporting cultural initiatives and organizations, as well as developing local communities through culture (PDF) based on qualitative and quantitative research; the potential and challenges of cultural tourism; and, cultural diplomacy and soft power. In 2013 Maria visited the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago as a Fulbright Research Scholar and explored grassroots and City cultural policies on multiculturalism with a focus on the Chicagoan Greek American community.

Linking theory and research with practice, she has collaborated with arts institutions in Austria, Greece and England on production, marketing, audience development and educational programs. She has also served as Expert Counselor to the Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture concerning international cultural policy and policies for contemporary cultural production. For more on Maria, see


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