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Matthew Tiews

Associate Dean for the Advancement of the Arts


Matthew Tiews has worked to implement the university-wide Arts Initiative since 2010, first as Executive Director of Arts Programs and currently as Associate Dean for the Advancement of the Arts. His charge is 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 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 extra-curricular arts programs, arts facilities, and financial oversight of non-departmental arts units; he also works within the Dean’s office to facilitate arts planning and implementation.

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.