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Matthew Tiews

Executive Director of Arts Programs, School of Humanities & Sciences


Matthew Tiews assumed the newly created role of Executive Director of Arts Programs at Stanford in 2010. His charge is to implement the university-wide Arts Initiative, which seeks to place the arts at the core of a Stanford education and to make the university a leader in the arts nation-wide. His duties include developing Stanford’s new arts district, creating meaningful arts engagement for all Stanford students, integrating the arts throughout the university, and coordinating arts activity across departments and programs. He is responsible for the Stanford Arts Institute, Stanford Live and the Bing Concert Hall, and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

Tiews was formerly at the Stanford Humanities Center, where he oversaw programming and operations, and was particularly active in developing collaborations bringing together the arts and the humanities. Prior to that, he served at the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley, the Stanford Humanities Laboratory, and as managing editor of the journal Modernism/modernity. Tiews trained in acting and piano performance, holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Stanford in Comparative Literature, and is coeditor of the multidisciplinary publication Crowds (Stanford University Press, 2007), which won the Modernist Studies Association book prize.