Joanna Woronkowicz

Assistant Professor

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2011
  • M.A., American University, 2007
  • B.F.A., University of Windsor, 2004


  • Cultural Planning and Urban Development
  • Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision-Making


Dr. Joanna Woronkowicz conducts research in nonprofit management and cultural policy. She joined SPEA in 2013, and prior to that served as the senior research officer at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Within the field of nonprofit management, Woronkowicz studies the processes and consequences of investing in capital for major facilities projects. She also conducts research on artist employment and broad issues related to cultural policy.

Woronkowicz has published in journals, including International Journal of Cultural PolicyNonprofit Management & Leadership, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Cultural Trends, and more. Her 2014 co-authored book, Building Better Arts Facilities: Lessons from a U.S. National Study (Routledge), documents the processes several nonprofit cultural organizations went through building new or renovating existing facilities.

In 2017, she was co-recipient of one of the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) largest grants ever given for research to support a study of higher education investments in physical and programmatic arts infrastructure in the U.S. In 2013, she received an NEA grant to study the employment behavior of artists around the Great Recession.


  • Faculty Fellow, Indiana University Public Policy Institute (2017)
  • Trustee's Teaching Award (2016)
  • Senior Research Officer, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Research Analyst, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Research Associate, Cultural Policy Center, University of Chicago
  • Research Assistant, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.

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