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Ximena Varela Assoc Professor Department of Performing Arts

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(202) 885-3883 (Work)
CAS - Performing Arts
Katzen Arts Center - 235
Additional Positions at AU
Associate Professor of Arts Management
ABD in Comparative Politics, Temple University
MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University
Licenciate in Business, Universidad Catolica del Uruguay (UCUDAL)
TESOL Certification, Dickens Institute, Montevideo, Uruguay

Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Favorite Spot on Campus
Woods-Brown Amphitheatre
Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in arts management curricular design (both on campus and online), museum management, international cultural policy, management practice, marketing strategy, arts management research, and culturally sustainable development. A skilled negotiator and facilitator, she has worked with and advised international organizations, national and regional governments, city agencies, as well as private and nonprofit organizations in arts funding and arts policy. She has published, lectured and taught extensively in the United States, Latin America, Europe and China. She has served as President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sociomuseology. She was a board member of the Latin American Institute of Museums from 2000 to 2021. Formerly, Prof. Varela served on the boards of the Bach Sinfonia, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Arts Management.

A champion of inclusive practice and diverse leadership in arts organizations, Prof. Varela has served as the Faculty Chair for the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the 2018 winner of the College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Award for "Outstanding Contributions to an Inclusive Community," and served as Co-Chair of American University President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

Prof. Varela holds an MA in Arts Management for Drexel University, has course PhD studies in Comparative Politics from Temple University, two undergraduate degrees in Business and Finance from the Catholic University of Uruguay, and is a certified Teacher of English to Students of Other Languages. Ximena teaches courses in Museum Management, Marketing the Arts, International Cultural Management, Art and the City, Research Methods, and is Chair for the Arts Management theses.


Fall 2022

  • AMGT-433 Int'l Cultural Management

Spring 2023

  • AMGT-680 Cultural Policy and the Arts