Joanna Woronkowicz

Assistant Professor

(812) 855-0401
Room Number:
SPEA 415


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


  • Audience Development and Marketing for the Arts
  • Cultural Districts and Local Arts Policy
  • Arts Organizations in the Private and Public Sectors


Dr. Joanna Woronkowicz specializes in cultural and urban policy, and nonprofit management. Before Indiana University, Woronkowicz served as the Senior Research Officer at the National Endowment for the Arts. She joined SPEA in 2013 and is also an affiliate faculty member at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Woronkowicz applies quantitative measurement techniques to study cultural policy issues such as cultural facility development and artist employment. Her research explores the intersection between the economic and demographic conditions of urban areas and arts and culture nonprofit organizations. In addition, she looks at the effects of capital projects on nonprofit management. Furthermore, she studies artist employment behavior particularly in times of economic recession. 

In 2014, Woronkowicz released a co-authored book, Building Better Arts Facilities: Lessons from a U.S. National Study (Routledge). The book examines the ways in which cultural organizations planned and managed building projects during the most recent cultural building boom, and investigates organizational operations after projects were completed.


  • 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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