Ruth Ann Stewart is a Clinical Professor of Public Policy and joined the Wagner School faculty in September 2003 with a specialisation in cultural policy and the role of the arts in urban revitalisation. She formerly taught at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy where she was also affiliated with the Center for Urban Policy Research. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Stewart was an Associate Director and the Senior Policy Analyst in Arts, Humanities and Social Legislation at the Congressional Research Service, the research and analysis arm of the US Congress. Daniel J. Boorstin appointed her Assistant Librarian of Congress with responsibility for the library’s education and cultural programmes after senior management positions in New York at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The New York Public Library. Professor Stewart is a member of the Research Advisory Council of the Washington-based cultural policy think tank, the Center for Arts and Culture and the founding Co-Editor of the Rutgers University Press cultural policy series, The Public Life of the Arts. Professor Stewart received an MS degree from Columbia University and completed the Harvard Business School arts management programme and the senior government executive programme at the Kennedy School of Government.