Ruth Bereson

Founding Director & Affiliated Professor

240A Center for the Arts

Phone: 716.645.2437


Research Interests: Arts management, cultural policy and diplomacy, international arts models and systems, relationship of government policies and the arts


Professor Ruth Bereson is the Founding Director of the UB Arts Management Program and returns as an Affiliated Professor.  She has an extensive international career most recently in the Arts, Education and Law Group at Griffith University, Australia where she held the positions of Dean (Academic) and subsequently Dean (Engagement), Creative Arts. She has also served as Dean (Faculty) for the Creative Industries at Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Associate Director of the Arts Administration Program at TC Columbia University (NY), and on faculty at the National University of Singapore.

Her professional experience extends to the profit and not-for-profit sectors as General Manager of the Central and Northern Queensland Theatre Company, the first Australian regional touring musical theatre company serving Far North Queensland; Logistics Manager of the Fifth Festival of Pacific Arts, Townsville; and Coordinator of Continuum ‘85, an international visual arts exhibition and artist exchange between Australia and Japan.  

Professor Bereson holds a PhD from City, University of London. Her research focuses on arts management, cultural policy, and cultural diplomacy, investigating the relationship between governmental policies and their effects on the arts internationally and over time. She also contributes to the field through a wide range of books, chapters, edited volumes, and articles on arts management, cultural policy and diplomacy, festival development and international collaborations in addition to invited lectures, seminars, and consultancies with cultural agencies and government departments.