Carole Rosenstein is an associate professor of Arts Management at George Mason University. Her research focuses on cultural policy, cultural democracy, diversity and equity, and the social life of the arts and culture.
Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Dr. Rosenstein has expertise in qualitative research, cross-cultural and field methods, and interpretive analysis. Her work includes the study of: museum public finance for the Institute of Museum and Library Services; arts festivals for the National Endowment for the Arts; and data on nonprofit humanities organizations for the American Academy of Arts and Science. Her writing has been published widely in academic journals including: The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society; The International Journal of Cultural Policy; and Cultural Trends.
Dr. Rosenstein received a doctorate in anthropology from Brandeis University. From 2000-2007, she worked on the cultural policy portfolio at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. She was 2007 Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Carole serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society and was a Trustee of the Association of Arts Administration Educators from 2011-2014. She is a lifetime member of the American Folklore Society.
BA, Smith College; MA, University of Chicago; PhD, Brandeis University
Cultural policy, cultural democracy, diversity and equity, and the social life of the arts and culture.
2014. “Indian Market, A Tournament of Values”. Signs and Society 2(2): 230-248.
2013. Rosenstein, Carole, Vanessa Riley, Natalia Rocha and Tyler Boenecke. “The Distribution and Policy Implications of U.S. State Government General Operating Support to the Arts and Culture”. Cultural Trends 22(3 and 4), Special Issue on Cultural Policies in the U.S.: 180-191.
2013. “The MFA in Arts Management,” Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society 43(2): 106-114.
2011. Rosenstein, Carole and Stefan Toepler. “Introduction to Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference Special Issue Cultural Policy: Quo Vadis?” Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society 41(3): 167-169.
2011. “Cultural Development and City Neighborhoods,” City, Culture and Society 2(1): 9-15.
2010. Silber, Bohne and Carole Rosenstein. Live From Your Neighborhood: A Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals. Volume I: Summary Report. Washington, DC: The National Endowment for the Arts.
2010. Live From Your Neighborhood: A Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals. Volume II: Case Studies. Washington, DC: The National Endowment for the Arts.
2010. “When is a Museum a Public Museum? Considerations from the Perspective of Public Finance,” International Journal of Cultural Policy 16(4): 449-462.
2010. “Cultural Policy and the Political Nature of Culture” in J.P. Singh (ed.), International Cultural Policies and Power. Palgrave/Macmillan, International Political Economy Series.
2009. “Cultural Policy and Living Culture in New Orleans after Katrina” in Amy Koritz and George Sanchez (eds.), Public Engagement in New Orleans after Katrina. University of Michigan Press.
2008. Manjarrez, Carlos, Carole Rosenstein, Celeste Colgan and Erica Pastore. Exhibiting Public Value: Museum Public Finance in the United States. Washington, DC: Institute for Museum and Library Services.
2007. “New Orleans Arts and Culture” in Carol De Vita (ed.), After Katrina: Shared Challenges for Rebuilding. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
2006. Cultural Heritage Organizations: Nonprofits that Support Ethnic, Folk, Traditional and Noncommercial Popular Culture. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
2005. Rosenstein, Carole and Amy Brimer. “Nonprofit Cultural Heritage Organizations: Baseline Data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics,” Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society 35(3): 189-203.
2005. Diversity and Participation in the Arts. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
2004. “Conceiving Artistic Work in the Formation of Artist Policy: Thinking Beyond Disinterest and Autonomy,” Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society 34(1): 59-77.
2003. Jackson, Maria-Rosario, Florence Kabwasa-Green, Daniel Swenson, Joaquin Herranz, Kadija Ferryman, Caron Atlas, Eric Wallner and Carole Rosenstein. Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
2003. Walker, Chris, Maria-Rosario Jackson and Carole Rosenstein. Culture and Commerce: Traditional Arts in Economic Development. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
2003. “The Object, the Mirror and the Cabinet of Wonders: Iconicity and the Pragmatic Semiotics of Material Culture,” Semiotica 146(1/4): 139-167.
2002. “An Object in Its Own Domain: How Hispano New Mexican Santos are Situated in Space,” Ethnologies 24(1), Special Issue on Space: 161-182.
2001. “How New Technology Influences the Mediating Role of Nonprofit Arts Organizations: Comparing New Technology Programs at the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts,” in The Impact of Information Technology on Civil Society, Independent Sector Research Forum Working Papers: 319-330.
Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society – Editorial Board Member
Urban Institute in Washington, DC. – Affiliated Scholar
AMGT 599 Research in Arts Management
AMGT 599 Art in the City
AMGT 602 Seminar in Arts Management
AMGT 603 Arts in Society
AMGT 710 Arts Policy