Carole Rosenstein

Headshot of Arts Management Full Professor Dr. Carole Rosenstein
Titles and Organizations

Full Professor, Arts Management Program, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-5110
Campus: Arlington
Building: Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall
Room 5062
Mail Stop: 1C8


Carole Rosenstein is Professor of Arts Management and affiliated Professor of Folklore at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. She studies cultural policy and the social life of the arts and culture with a focus on cultural democracy and cultural equity. Her most recent book is Understanding Cultural Policy (2nd edition 2024).

Dr. Rosenstein holds a PhD in cultural anthropology and employs qualitative approaches and interpretation as well as quantitative data and analysis in her work. From 2000-2007, she worked on the cultural policy portfolio at the Urban Institute, a policy research center or “think tank” in Washington, DC. She has led many large-scale research studies, including commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has in-depth, on-the-ground knowledge of arts centers all around the U.S., having led field studies in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Boston, Santa Fe, New Orleans, and coastal Maine. Dr.  Rosenstein is a past Rockefeller Humanities Fellow in Cultural Policy at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, DC.


  • PhD, Anthropology, Brandeis University
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, Smith College

Courses Taught

  • Arts Policy
  • The Arts in Society
  • Capstone in Arts Management
  • Art and the City