Vice Chair of the Board, American Council of Learned Societies

Vice President, National Committee for the History of Art

Editor in chief, Grove Art Online, 2012-16.

President, College Art Association, 2006-2008. Elected to the board of the College Art Association, the largest association of visual arts professionals, in 2000, Professor Courtright joined the Executive Committee as Vice President of Publications in 2004. 


Organizer, Precious: Finding the Wondrous in the Mead’s European Collection, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 

Organizer, Northern Travelers to Italy: Sixteenth-Century Drawings from New England Collections, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Mass., October 26-December 9, 1990

Contributor, Drawings by Gianlorenzo Bernini from the Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, by Irving Lavin et al. (Princeton 1981)

Selected Lectures

Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard

Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris

Collège de France

Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art American Academy in Rome
University of Sydney
Princeton University

Huntington Library
Renaissance Society of America
National Gallery of Art
College Art Association
Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
University of Georgia
Wesleyan University
Cooper-Hewitt Master's Program
Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies
Alumni Program, "Amherst Today"

Conference and Session Organizer

Co-chair, Renaissance symposium in honor of Marilyn Lavin's 80th birthday, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, November 2005

Co-chair, workshop, "Constructing Political Ideologies and National Identities in Netherlandish Art," Historians of Netherlandish Art, Antwerp, March 2002

Co-chair, with Abby Zanger (French, Harvard) and Sheila ffolliott (Art History, George Mason University), conference, "Prerogatives of Rule in Early Modern France: Royal Women from Catherine de Médicis to Marie-Antoinette," Amherst College, November 1999

Co-chair, workshop, "Women's Spaces, for Attending to Early Modern Women: Crossing Boundaries," conference, Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, November 1997

Co-chair, "Re-Framing the Renaissance," meeting of the New England Renaissance Conference, Amherst College, November 1990

Colloquia Participation

“Measuring Quality,” organized by Christian Fuhrmeister and Iain Boyd Whyte, joint Clark/RIHA (International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art) sponsorship, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, June 2011

"The Historical Imagination of Renaissance Art," organized by Christopher Wood and Alexander Nagel, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, June 2002

Panelist, "Presidential and Scholarly Leadership in the Humanities," American Council of Learned Societies/American Association of Universities-sponsored Humanities Convocation, May 2006

Other Professional Service

Professor Courtright is currently Vice Chair of the board of the American Council of Learned Societies, the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.

Additionally, Professor Courtright is a Vice President of the National Committee for the History of Art, the national body of art historians that is affiliated with the international community of art historians, the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA), which sponsors an international congress every four years. In 2016 it took place in Beijing.

She also has been Amherst College's representative to the Executive Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and served on the Nominating Committee of the Italian Art Society and the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.