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. Before coming to Columbia she was Dean of Faculty and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was also on the faculty.
She is the author of numerous articles and several books including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (Macmillan (1987) Reissued by Amazon (2014); 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 Losing Helen (Red Hen Press, 2016).
She travels widely, often lecturing on art, artists and their place in society. Working closely with the World Economic Forum, she has helped to build their art and culture program as well as to bring arts training to their Global Leadership Fellows Program.