Ginny Arbery in Color

Virginia Arbery, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Humanities

B.A. Butler University; M.A. Politics and Literature, University of Dallas; Ph.D, Politics, University of Dallas


Virginia Lombardo Arbery holds a doctorate in Political Philosophy from The University of Dallas. A Richard Weaver Fellow and a Fellow of The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, she has taught at the University of Dallas, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, St. Anselm College, Austin College, the University of Texas at Dallas, and at Assumption College. She has served as Dean of Admissions at University of Dallas, University of St. Thomas in Houston, and at Thomas More College. While on the faculty of The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, she co-authored and directed a nationally recognized grant from the U. S. Department of Education, to educate high school teachers in American founding documents. A former consultant to the National Center for Founding Documents (Boston University), she has written and lectured extensively on the role of George Washington in the American founding. Prof. Arbery has also published on Greek and Southern literature, on Augustine, on Rousseau, on women’s studies, on American education and on a range of constitutional issues. She has conducted numerous continuing legal education programs for lawyers under the State Bar of Texas, as well as leadership seminars for corporate executives. She is on the lecture bureau of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. A frequent participant in Liberty Fund Conferences since 1993, she is a Board member of Philadelphia Society, as well as a member of the Wyoming Advisory Civil Rights Commission.

She and her husband, Glenn, are the parents of eight children and twenty-four grandchildren. Life-long collaborators, they have completed research on a book exploring the intellectual fruits of the marriage of Caroline Gordon and Allen Tate. A co-recipient with Glenn of the Circe Institute’s Russell Kirk Padeia Prize (2010) for a lifetime achievement in the Humanities.