Dr. Beth S. Wright served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts 2003-2014. The College of Liberal Arts has more than 4,900 students earning degrees in the departments of Art & Art History, Communication, Criminology & Criminal Justice, English, History, Linguistics & TESOL, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy & Humanities, Political Science, Sociology & Anthropology, and Theatre Arts. Dr. Wright is a Professor of Art History. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in art history from the University of California at Berkeley and her bachelor’s degrees in art history and European history from Brandeis University. Her research centers on 18th and 19th century French art and its relationship to literature and historical representation. Her first book, Painting and History during the French Restoration: Abandoned by the Past (published by Cambridge University Press) received the Dallas Museum of Art’s Vasari award, designating the most outstanding publication by an art historian working in Texas. Dr. Wright has been invited to speak at the Kimbell Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and London’s National Gallery and Tate (Britain) Museum, among other places. She is an elected member of the Société de l’Histoire de l’Art Français (organized out of the Musée du Louvre, Paris). Dr. Wright’s research has been supported by the College Art Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the University of Texas at Arlington.




  • 1978 - Ph.D. Art History, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1972 - M.A. Art History, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1970 - A.B. in European History and Art History, Brandeis University

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