As Senior Adviser to the Provost on Arts and Chair of the Provost's Arts Steering Committee, Bill Brown leads an ad hoc faculty advisory committee for the arts that will engage the full range of arts scholarship, practice, performance, and exhibitions on campus. Ultimately, the committee will develop a vision for the arts that will guide the University’s investments in the coming months and years, and work with the deans and provost’s office to develop strategies for implementing that vision.
Bill is the Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, appointed in the Department of English, the Department of Visual Arts, and the College. He is a principal investigator for The Object Cultures Project within the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, and has been a co-editor of Critical Inquiry since 1993. He has published award-winning essays and books that engage the literary, visual, and plastic arts, and he has served as Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division, Chair of the Department of English, and Deputy Dean of the Humanities. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Laboratory Schools and on the Executive Committee of the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.
Bill lives in Madison Park with his wife Diana Young (of Curry Young Consultants). Their daughter, Fraser, attends Stanford University. They spend as much time as they can on their farm in Michigan.