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Karen Chandler

Director of the Arts Management Program

Karen ChandlerKAREN CHANDLER is the new Director of the Arts Management program. Having taught in the Arts Management Program since 1999, she currently teaches arts management courses in both the undergraduate program and master's program in public administration. She is also Co-Founder/Principal of the Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI), a multi-year study of the jazz tradition in Charleston and South Carolina. From 2001-2004, she served as director of the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.

Chandler formerly served as Director of the University of Virginia's African-American Cultural Center from 1983 to 1989 and then in the graduate program as an Assistant Professor of Arts Management at American University in Washington, DC from 1994-1999 before coming to the College of Charleston.

Chandler has served as an advisory and grants review panelist with arts councils and commissions around the country including the Coastal Community Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission. She also serves on numerous regional, state and local governing editorial and advisory boards including the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Rutgers University; Arts and History Commission in Charleston; South Carolina Arts Alliance; Charleston Concert Association; and the African American Jazz Caucus in New York City, among others. She is also active in other volunteer projects in her local community including serving as Chair, Board of Directors of The St. James Foundation, and longtime and devoted volunteer as Literary Program Co-Coordinator of the MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston.

Dr. Chandler has been the recipient of program and research grants in the humanities and performing arts from numerous funding agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Humanities Council of South Carolina, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and Charleston Country Council, among others.

She is featured in "Charleston Jazz" - a documentary of The Big Picture - South Carolina Educational Television (2011), Mark Quinn, Producer.

Address: Simons Center for the Arts, Room 322
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 10 - 12; Thursdays from 10 - 12, and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.5474
Personal Website:


Ph.D., New York University
M.A., Columbia University-Teacher's College
B.S., Hampton University