2021 STP&A Board Nominations

WoongJo Chang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Chair, Department of Arts & Cultural Management, Hongik University (Republic of Korea)

WoongJo Chang, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Arts and Cultural Management in Hongik University, Seoul, Korea. Before coming to Hongik University, he taught in the Arts Leadership Program in Seattle University in the state of Washington, USA. He studied performing arts at Seoul National University and earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from the Ohio State University. His research is focused on small arts organizations’ entrepreneurial practices and how to support them. His recent works have appeared in books and journals, such as in The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, of which he is currently serving as a consulting editor. Chang is also a co-chair of the scientific committee of Korean Society of Arts and Cultural Management.


Douglas DeNatale, PhD

Associate Professor

Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Administration, Boston University

Douglas DeNatale is an Associate Professor of the Practice and the Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Administration at Boston University.   Prior to joining the BU faculty, he was president of Community Logic, Inc., an arts consulting firm specializing in research and documentation. He previously served as Director of Research for the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), where he played an instrumental role in forecasting the emerging creative economy and in developing NEFA’s web-based regional database.  He has directed collaborative arts research projects for the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Library of Congress. His creative economy research has been widely cited.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.


B. Kathleen Gallagher, PhD

Assistant Professor

Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University

B. Kathleen Gallagher is an assistant professor in the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University.  She earned a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. Her work has analyzed how variations in local conditions and public policies impact the sustainability of arts and culture organizations. She is currently conducting research focused on placemaking and cultural districts in different geographies. 

Gallagher has presented research and participated in conferences in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan and the United States including the annual conferences of AIMAC; ARNOVA; the Association of Cultural Economics International; ISTR; and Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts. 

Prior to returning to academia, Gallagher worked in the arts industry. She was a co-owner and a certified appraiser of fine arts and residential contents at Heritage Inventory and Appraisal Services of Colorado for more than 10 years. 


Wen Guo, PhD

Assistant Professor

Arts Administration, Department of Art at Elon University

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 SocietyStudies in Art EducationVisual InquiryArtivate: 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. 


Jesús Heredia-Carroza, PhD

Vice President of Fundación Pública de Estudios Universitarios Francisco Maldonado de Osuna

Jesús Heredia-Carroza, PhD. (c), has merged three disciplines in his doctoral dissertation: Economy, Law and Music. This refers to the relation between cultural value and protection and remuneration of performers in traditional popular music, specifically in flamenco. This article is part of his doctoral dissertation. His essays about cultural management and economics and performing arts have appeared in Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Empirical Studies of the Arts, Arbor or Kepes, among others. Nowadays, Jesús is Vice President of Fundación Pública de Estudios Universitarios Francisco Maldonado de Osuna and he is part of the Escuela Universitaria de Osuna Patronato (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain).


Elise Kieffer, ABD

Adjunct Professor

Arts Administration at Florida State University

Elise Lael Kieffer is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor in Arts Administration at Florida State University. She holds a Masters in Public Administration and graduate certificates in nonprofit management and program evaluation. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is in Musical Theatre. After a successful career fundraising for an international nonprofit organization based in New York, NY, Elise relocated to a rural community at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky. There she founded Burkesville Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) to fill an artistic void within the community. BAFA is now a thriving arts organization offering year round educational programming and performance opportunities for young people in that Appalachian community. Her research is focused on identifying inequities in funding and resources allocation to small arts organizations serving specific populations, and providing technical assistance and training to directors of those organizations. Elise will graduate with her PhD in 2020.


Mina Matlon, JD

Managing Director

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life

Mina Para Matlon is an arts organizer, researcher, attorney, and cultural equity advocate. Since 2017 she has served as the managing director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA), a national consortium of scholars, artists, and organizers who imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘ America’ and world. Her previous work spans both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including positions within higher education, corporate law, domestic and international legal aid and policy organizations, and small to large arts, media, and cultural institutions. Matlon serves on the board of directors for California Humanities, the advisory board of Pepatian, the leadership team of the UC Davis African American Faculty and Staff Association, and the editorial board of the American Journal for Arts Management. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellow.


Jennifer Novak-Leonard, PhD

Research Associate Professor

Research Director, Arts Impact Initiative at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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.

Per STP&A Bylaws, additional nominations may be made by petition signed by at least twenty (20) Members and submitted to the Secretary at least fourteen (14) days prior to the annual meeting.