Basmajian named director of Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Carlton Basmajian
Carlton Basmajian

Carlton Basmajian, associate professor and director of graduate education in community and regional planning, has been named the director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, effective July 1.

“We are excited for Carlton to take on this critical role for the humanities and arts on campus," said vice president for research Sarah Nusser. "Carlton has an excellent background with degrees in history and planning, and his experience with cross-college collaborations will enable him to work with scholars across campus to build the profile and impact of arts and humanities at Iowa State,” said vice president for research Sarah Nusser.

Basmajian will lead CEAH in its mission to develop programs that strengthen the impact and visibility of Iowa State’s arts and humanities research and provide internal grant support for arts and humanities faculty. In addition, Basmajian will seek to develop new collaborations that build from the humanities and arts to include researchers from other disciplines.

Current CEAH programs include grants for arts and humanities faculty to organize artistic and scholarly symposia and to conduct research and creative activity. CEAH also organizes events and seminars on arts and humanities topics.

Basmajian takes over the position from professor Michael Bailey, who will return full-time to the history department after serving as CEAH’s director since last year. In the near term, Bailey will continue research for his new book project on false religion in medieval Europe through a faculty professional development assignment.

Basmajian earned a Ph.D. in urban, technological, and environmental planning at the University of Michigan in 2008, a master of city planning in economic development and planning theory at Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in history at University of Chicago. He joined Iowa State’s Department of Community and Regional Planning in 2008. His appointments also include the Master of Urban Design program and the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture.

His research explores the history of regional planning in the United States; planning for human interment; and the factors that shape transportation behavior.

Basmajian served on CEAH’s advisory committee from 2010 to 2013.