Hsin-Ching Wu

Assistant Professor

Address: Harbor Walk West, Room 204
Phone: 843.953.9202
E-mail: wuh@cofc.edu

Dr. Hsin-Ching Wu’s research agenda focuses on the intersection of nonprofit arts and cultural management, public administration and policy, and social equity. In her dissertation, Dr. Wu studied the politics of arts funding with a case study of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is Massachusetts’ designated art and cultural agency.

With a background in American Studies and expertise in researching racial and ethnic issues, Dr. Wu is particularly interested in representations of diverse art forms and narratives in cultural institutions. Previously, she had experience in collection management at the galleries of the University of Buffalo (SUNY). She had also served as a collection manager for the late gallerist and collector, David K. Anderson, and his estate. David K. Anderson was the son of Martha Jackson--their New York gallery between the 1950s and 1960s debuted works by noteworthy artists, such as Karel Appel, Sam Francis, Paul Jenkins, Louise Nevelson, and Antoni Tàpies.

Dr. Wu is currently working on several projects, such as the utilization of arts and culture as strategies for place branding, the use of social media in municipal governance for content creation and citizen engagement, and a comparative analysis of arts management education systems between the U.S. and Taiwan.

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University of Massachusetts Boston, MA
Ph.D., Public Policy
Dissertation Title, “The Role of Massachusetts Cultural Council in State Cultural Policy: Institutionalism, Policy Goals, and Perceived Outcomes in the Arts and Culture”          

State University of New York at Buffalo (University at Buffalo)
MA, Arts Management
MA, American Studies

Research Interests

Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Management
Cultural Policy
Cultural Representation
Place Branding
Racial/Ethnic Disparities
Mixed Methods Research

Courses Taught

ARTM 310 Strategic Planning in the Arts
ARTM 321 Arts Marketing and Public Relations

Honors and Awards

2021 Founders Fellow, American Society for Public Administration                     


2021. “Digital Branding for Government Public Relations.” (with A. P. Manoharan). Book chapter in The Practice of Government Public Relations (2nd Edition). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003177654

2020, April. “Art Creates Community and Comfort – and We Must Defend It.” Blog post of McCormack Speaks, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston. http://blogs.umb.edu/mccormack-speaks/2020/04/30/art-creates-community-and-comfort-and-we-must-defend-it/

2020. “Gambling Behavior of Ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese College Students in the United States.” (with C. Wong). International Gambling Studies, 20(1), 14-36. https://doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2019.1646779

2019. “Visualizing Air Pollution: Communication of Environmental Health Information in a Chinese Immigrant Community.” (with C. Wong, et al.). Journal of Health Communication, 24(4), 339-358. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2019.1597949

2017. “Making Air Pollution Visible: A Tool for Promoting Environmental Health Literacy.” (with E. G. Cleary, et al.). JMIR Public Health & Surveillance, 3(2), e16. https://doi.org/10.2196/publichealth.7492

2015. “The Art of Nation Branding – National Branding Value and the Role of Government and the Arts and Culture Sector.” (with M. J. Ahn). Public Organization Review, 15(1), 157-173. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11115-013-0255-6

2007. “Encountering Art Firms in Gattieres.” In SUNY Buffalo Arts Management & Policy Occasional Paper Series: Issue No. 3, A Master of Business Art. Merrill, pp. 76-85.