2022 Board Elections

Re-Election for Second Term

B. Kathleen Gallagher – B. Kathleen Gallagher is the MPA Regional Sites Coordinator and a Professor of Practice in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University.  She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver (2014).   

Gallagher’s research interests are broadly focused mapping sub-national cultural policy, exploring the impact of local ecology and sustainability for nonprofit arts organizations, and creative placemaking practices in rural and rural-serving communities.  Her research is published in The Policy Studies Journal, Public Performance and Management Review, The Journal of Rural and Community Development, The International Journal of Arts Management, The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, Artivate, and The Journal of Emergency Management, as well as several book chapters in edited volumes.

Gallagher has taught courses in arts management, cultural policy, and cultural economics for undergraduate and graduate students.  She currently teaches graduate MPA courses in public administration and nonprofit management and an undergraduate course in public policy. 


Wen Guo – Wen Guo is an Assistant Professor of Art Administration in the Department of Art at Elon University. She graduated with a doctoral degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration at Ohio State University in 2019. She is recently named as a Research Fellow for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. Wen studies a broad array of arts management and cultural policy issues in the US and China. She has published peer-reviewed articles in The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, Studies in Art Education, Visual Inquiry, Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, and the American Journal of Arts Management. She currently serves as an editorial board member of the American Journal of Arts Management. She works as a faculty mentor in the Center for Design Thinking and Leading Women in Audio Conference of Elon University. Before coming to the US, she worked for Daku Decorative and Artistic Design Company in Beijing 798 Art District.


Jennifer Novak-Leonard – Dr. Jennifer Novak-Leonard is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the College of Fine & Applied Arts and serves as Research Director of its newly launched Arts Impact Initiative. Her influential work includes the creation of both conceptual and analytical frameworks for interrogating the diverse modes in which individuals participate in art and creative expression, and the value those experiences provide. Her intersectional work links culture and creativity, social impact, cultural policy, and arts management. She is often called upon by policymakers and cultural practitioners to guide their use of research and data for strategic decision-making. Novak-Leonard has also led numerous applied research efforts, including those funded by the National Endowment for the Arts; The James Irvine Foundation; First People’s Fund; the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. From 2016 – 2020, Novak-Leonard was the Principal Investigator of one of the four inaugural National Endowment for the Arts’ Research Labs. She serves as the Board Vice President for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) and on the editorial advisory boards of Cultural Trends, Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, and The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.


Gordon Shockley – Gordon E. Shockley, Ph.D., M.M., M.A., is Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. He earned his doctorate in public policy at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy in 2006. Before returning to academia, he utilized his Master of Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1998) in working for all levels of American government, including the finance division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the budget offices of Milwaukee County, Kentucky, and Missouri. He also earned a M.A. in Art History at Arizona State University and a B.A. with high honors in Ancient Greek and English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.  His teaching and research interests concentrate on building the field of non-market entrepreneurship (specifically, social and policy entrepreneurship) as well as contributing to public policy modelling and the politics, economics, and sociology of the arts and humanities. 

Dr. Shockley publishes his research in many social-science journals, including Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, Public Administration Review, and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. He also has produced many book chapters and an edited book, Non-market Entrepreneurship: Interdisciplinary Approaches (2008, Edward Elgar) and has recently submitted two new book projects.

He has served as chair and board member for several terms of the Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Section of ARNOVA and as a board member of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of APSA. He currently serves on the board of Social Theory, Politics and the Arts as well as on the editorial board of the journal Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts.  He has also several years of experience in managing, volunteering, and coaching community youth sports, such as the American Youth Soccer Association and the Special Olympics.

New Nominees

Francesco Chiaravalloti – ​​Dr. Francesco Chiaravalloti is tenured Assistant Professor of Cultural Policy and Director of the Bachelor Programme in Cultural Studies (BA Cultuurwetenschappen) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is member of the Scientific Committee of Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, the oldest and still one of the most influential academic gatherings of researchers and practitioners in the field of arts management and cultural policy; of the Scientific Committee of the Embassy of Italy in the Netherlands, with the aim of promoting scientific diplomacy initiatives in Europe and abroad; of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) roundtable Cultural Sciences & Linguistics of the Dutch Research Council (NWO); of the Cultural Policy working group at the Boekmanstichting in Amsterdam. Before joining the University of Amsterdam in 2012, where he teaches Arts Management and Audience and Visitors Research, he worked at the Universities of Groningen and Utrecht. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Bayreuth, the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and the University of Innsbruck. Since 2017 he has also been Visiting Professor at the Università Cattolica in Milan. Before starting his academic career in 2007, Francesco was a management consultant at Deloitte in Berlin, a senior researcher at the Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin, director of A&A-Arts and Artists Management and Research in Berlin and Associate at Philippe Rixhon Ltd, London. His free-time was devoted to his favorite activities as a film journalist and a pianist. Francesco holds a PhD in Business and Economics from the University of Groningen, a Master of Science in Business Engineering from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Conservatory Giovanni Paisiello in Taranto.

The focus of Dr Chiaravalloti’s work is on the enhancement of the appreciation of arts, culture, and creativity by individuals, organizations, and communities. He tries to achieve this long-term objective by conducting systematic interdisciplinary research on consumer behavior in the arts, on the relation between artistic, administrative and technical rationalities in arts organizations, and on accountability relationships in the cultural sector. His approach acknowledges and respects the differences between research traditions and methods and is based, according to a new pragmatic agenda, on the conviction that synergy between them can lead to new insights into the challenges we face in contemporary society. Among his recent research projects, Dr Chiaravalloti has been coordinator and principal investigator of the NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) funded project ‘In Dialogue with Users: The Relevance of Opera for Society’, aiming at gaining a first understanding of the (non-)value of opera for specific non-audience target-groups. Since 2019 he has been principal investigator of the EU funded project ‘Spatial Practices in Art and ArChitecture for Empathetic Exchange’, aiming at testing, mapping, analyzing, communicating and maximizing the ways in which spatial practices in art, architecture and design instigate public exchange and promote empathetic ways of living together in urban space. With his publications in arts policy and management journals, Dr Chiaravalloti is an authoritative voice in the field of performance evaluation in the arts. His articles are among the most read and cited in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society – the authoritative resource for the field of arts management and cultural policy for more than 40 years.


Xuefei Li – Xuefei Li is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Cultural Industry Management, School of Government at University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, China. He graduated with a doctoral degree in Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University in 2019, specializing in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. He worked as assistant project manager in the Department of Management Sciences of the National Science Foundation of China during 2020.03-2020.09. He currently serves as the vice president of the MPA center at UIBE. He is also the vice director of the National Culture and Tourism Research Base at UIBE, designated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. His academic research focuses on urban and regional cultural policy and cultural economics. He has published peer-reviewed articles in Journal of Urban Affairs, Nanjing Social Science(in Chinese), Urban Problems(in Chinese), etc.


Karen Munnelly – Karen Munnelly is the Director of Graduate Arts Administration and an Assistant Professor in the College of Music at Florida State University. Prior to her appointment at FSU, Dr. Munnelly served as the Director of Professional Programs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she oversaw Fine Arts Career Services and assisted in implementing a variety of professional development initiatives including an intern scholarship and the minor in arts management and administration. Dr. Munnelly also served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky. 

Before pursuing a career in higher education, Dr. Munnelly enjoyed a successful career as an arts administrator. She served as the Director of Operations for the Aspen Music Festival & School, the Artistic & Operations Director for the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Artistic Assistant for the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Dr. Munnelly’s research centers around career preparation and the arts portfolio career. Her articles appear in the Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, the American Journal of Arts Management and Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. 

Dr. Munnelly received the Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education & Policy from The Ohio State University, the Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Florida State University and the Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of South Florida.


Biyun Zhu – ​​Biyun Zhu is a Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Manchester. She received her PhD in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (with a minor in Public Policy and Management) from The Ohio State University. Previously, she earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from King’s College London and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of International Business and Economics. She has also researched and worked in government and international organizations including the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, PRC, and United Nations. Her research draws on knowledge from multiple disciplines including public policy, international relations, history, and management. She uses cultural policy as a lens to investigate issues in broader fields such as arts organisation governance, creative industries, cultural diplomacy, and soft power. She is particularly interested in international studies that compare the similarities and differences of cultural practices and explore the interaction between governments, organisations, and individuals. Her recent work constructs a multi-level policy design framework to understand, communicate, and inform the practice of cultural diplomacy in a changing international environment.