BGIA Staff

Director

Director

James Ketterer

James Ketterer is Director of BGIA and Dean of International Studies at Bard College. He also teaches in Bard’s Political Studies and Middle East Studies programs. Ketterer previously served as Egypt Country Director for AMIDEAST, an educational and cultural affairs organization. Prior to that he was Vice Chancellor for Policy & Planning and Deputy Provost at the State University of New York (SUNY). While at SUNY, he also was director of the Center for International Development and a program officer at the Center for Legislative Development. Expand for more. Expand
Academic Director

Academic Director

Walter Russell-Mead

Walter Russell Mead is the Academic Director of BGIA and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College. He serves as Editor-at-Large of The American Interest, and frequently writes articles, book reviews, and op-ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, and other magazines and newspapers. Expand for more. Expand
Deputy Director

Deputy Director

Rachel Meyer

Rachel is a graduate of Bard College (‘06), where she majored in Political Studies with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies. As a student in the BGIA program (Fall ‘04), Rachel interned in the international legal department at the Center for Reproductive Rights. After graduation, Rachel moved to Barcelona where she lived and worked until January 2013. In Barcelona, Rachel was the program manager for Untours, a US-based travel company specializing in living like a local. Expand for more. Expand
Director of Student Affairs

Director of Student Affairs

Anna Seidner

Anna received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work ('15). She has focused her social work education and fieldwork on serving adolescents and young adults in a variety of settings, including work with ENACT, Day One, and Global Kids. Anna also holds a BA in Human Rights and Hispanic Studies from Trinity College ('13). During her undergraduate studies, she combined her passions for social justice and the arts through an honors thesis entitled, “Storytelling and Transitional Justice in Latin America: The Roles of Truth Commissions and the Arts in Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala.” As a student at BGIA (Spring '12), Anna interned in the Global Advocacy Department of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). 
Director of Global Outreach

Director of Global Outreach

Bryan Billings

Bryan Billings brings his many years of international program experience to his role recruiting for BGIA. Having worked for Bard in St. Petersburg at Smolny College from 2004-2010, Bryan Billings joined the Center for Civic Engagement in 2012 as Eurasian Program Manager. Over the past three years his work on expanding collaboration with Bard's partnerships in the former Soviet Union has led to increased student and faculty programming as well as new institutional outreach in the Russian Federation.
Program Assistant

Program Assistant

Ally Smith

After studying human rights at Bard College (‘13), Ally worked for two years as Research Assistant to Senior Analyst Kate Doyle of the National Security Archive, using government documents obtained through the FOIA for human rights cases in Latin America. She also spent time working at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Ally has been involved in political and issue-based campaigning since she was a fellow on the Obama Campaign in 2012. While at Bard, she worked for the Institute for International Liberal Education. Her senior thesis was on human rights and the Russian avant-garde.