Mark Bauerlein Joins National Endowment for the Arts as Director of Research & Analysis
June 3, 2004
Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts announced today the appointment of Mark Bauerlein to be Director of Research & Analysis. He will be responsible for identifying research needs relevant to the agency and the arts community, and developing a research, evaluation, and analysis program to address those needs.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia said, "We are pleased to have Mark Bauerlein join the NEA to direct the activities of this crucial arm of the agency's work. A widely published author, he is a person of enormous energy and genuine intellectual depth. He will be invaluable in the NEA's new efforts to serve the American public with meaningful research on arts and arts education."
Mark Bauerlein was born in California and grew up outside Washington, D.C. He returned to California and earned a doctorate in English at UCLA in 1988. The following year he joined the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta.
Bauerlein's work has spanned many fields. His first book was a study of Walt Whitman's poetry, which argued that Leaves of Grass was a "language experiment" in which the poet tried to create an emotional, individual idiom that broke free of convention and matched the vitality and freshness of American democracy. From there he proceeded to 19th-century American philosophy, mainly Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, and Charles Sanders Peirce and to a second book, The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief. That book outlined the thinking central to the only home-grown philosophical tradition in the United States, pragmatism.
Other books include a general study of literary criticism, a historical account of the 1906 Atlanta riots, and two co-authored volumes, one an encyclopedic chronicle of civil rights for African Americans and the other a handbook of literary terms. He has also published essays and reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement (London), The Weekly Standard, Yale Review, Partisan Review, and many scholarly journals.
Bauerlein believes that the Endowment is uniquely positioned to foster instrumental research in the arts and culture. He notes "Chairman Gioia has laid out an agenda of leadership in the field, and the Office of Research is poised to reach out to cultural groups, arts organizations, educators, journalists, and intellectuals to promote high standards and evidence-based policies."
Bauerlein's wife, Sherrill Deakins, is an interior designer in Atlanta.
For more information, contact the Office of Communication at 202-682-5692.
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