Steven Knapp is president and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, a position he assumed in February 2020. Previously he was on the faculty of the George Washington University, serving as president from 2007 to 2017. His priorities in that role included forging partnerships with neighboring institutions, developing a university culture of community service, enhancing research across the disciplines, and leading the university’s transformation into a model of urban sustainability. He has brought similar aspirations to his role as president of the two art and two science museums that together form the largest cultural institution in Western Pennsylvania.
In addition to his Chapter membership, Dr. Knapp chairs the Board of Directors of the Institute for Ecological Civilization and serves on the Board of Directors of Second Nature, the Steering Committee of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, and the Advisory Council of the George Washington University Global Women’s Institute.
A specialist in Romanticism, literary theory, and the relation of literature to philosophy and religion, Dr. Knapp taught English literature at the University of California, Berkeley before serving as dean of arts and sciences and then provost of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Modern Language Association. The author of three books and numerous articles, he earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from Cornell University and his bachelor of arts degree from Yale University.