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Donald Wright

Donald Wright

Associate Professor of French and Arabic, Director of Middle Eastern Studies and Chair of Global Languages and Cultures Department

Tel: 301-696-3890
Office: Hodson Library, Room 1015
Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Paris IV, Sorbonne
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh


Donald Wright was awarded his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Sorbonne in Paris and his M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. He has taught at various universities in France and in the United States. He also has a DEA in art history and archeology from the Sorbonne and has worked in many museums including the Louvre in Paris. His primary focus of study is the intertextual relationship between the sciences and the arts, especially in the establishment of the institutions of the late 19th century in France and in North Africa. His book on Proust and medicine, Du discours medical dans A la recherche du temps perdu, was released in 2007 with an introduction by Antoine Compagnon from the Collège de France. He has been invited to give lectures at various conferences in the United States Europe and Asia. Dr. Wright has studied Arabic at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat and at the Institut du monde arabe in Paris. He has travelled extensively throughout North Africa and the Middle East and brings his experiences to the classroom. He is the director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Hood. In 2009 he was awarded the Multicultural Award. His courses include identity studies of North Africa and a seminar on science and fiction.


  • Du discours médical dans l'oevre de Proust, Paris, Champion, 2007