Carol Becker

Headshot of Dean Carol Becker

Dean of Faculty

Carol Becker is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. She received her PhD in English and American Literature from the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of numerous articles and several books including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (Prentice Hall & IBD, 1987); The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society and Social Responsibility (Routledge,1994); Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety (State University of New York Press, 1996); Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002); Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production (Paradigm Publishers/Routledge, 2009); and her most recent long essay/memoir, Losing Helen (Red Hen Press, 2016). She travels widely, often lecturing on art, artists, their place in society, and feminist theory. She works closely with the World Economic Forum’s program on art, culture, and leadership.



Los Angelos Review of Books presents a symposium reflecting on 9/11, curated and introduced by Brad Evans, featuring an essay by Dean Carol Becker

A federal program, like the WPA, can create new narratives for an evolving society more equitable and inclusive than those of the past or present.

School of the Arts Dean Carol Becker explores the idea of experimental preservation with Jorge Otero-Pailos and Sam Van Aken.

The pandemic has made us recognize the interconnectivity of art, nature and humanity.