Johanna Taylor

Asst Professor
TEMPE Campus


Johanna K. Taylor is an assistant professor at The Design School affiliated with the Herberger Institute’s transdisciplinary Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership MA program. She received a doctorate in public and urban policy at The New School in 2016 and master's in arts management at Carnegie Mellon in 2007. She has taught classes in community engagement, cultural policy, urban studies, socially engaged art, and urban research methods. Her work is grounded in a core value of art as catalyzing force in advancing justice in daily life, and her research explores questions of cultural equity through the intersection of art, community, policy, and place. Currently, she is working on a book that explores the power and opportunity behind art museums implementing community engaged practices. As an arts administrator and programmer, she worked at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, BRIC Arts|Media, and A Blade of Grass among other organizations. Before joining ASU, she was a Creative Cities Fellow at Stanford University.


  • Ph.D. Public and Urban Policy, The New School 2016
  • M.A. Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon 2007


Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
DSC 494 Special Topics
HDA 494 Special Topics
HDA 522 Media Literacy, Distribution
HDA 598 Special Topics
DSC 598 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
HDA 512 Strategy:Creative Industries