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Vice President and Dean for International Affairs and Civic Engagement at Bard College; Associate Professor of Political Studies; Director, Globalization and International Studies
Jonathan Becker is Vice President and Dean for International Affairs and Civic Engagement at Bard College. He also directs Bard’s academic program in Global and International Studies. He has written extensively on Soviet and Russian media, media and democratization, and US/Russian relations. Recent works include: ‘Lessons from Russia: A Neo-Authoritarian Media System,’ European Journal of Communications, June 2004; Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States: Press, Politics and Identity in Transition (revised and expanded edition, Palgrave: 2003); and ‘Keeping Track of Press Freedom,’ European Journal of Communications, March 2003. In 2004, he served as a consultant for the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2020 project, facilitating workshops of international scholars from Europe and the former Soviet Union, and preparing a report on Eurasia. He was previously Assistant Vice President of the Central European University in Budapest and European Director of the Civic Education Project. He has taught at Yale, Wesleyan and Birmingham Universities. He received his doctorate from St. Antony’s College, Oxford in 1993.
Jonathan Cristol has served in several positions in the BGIA program, including Deputy Director and (since 2004) Summer Director. He is a former student of BGIA’s founding Director, James Chace. For the past seven years, Dr. Cristol has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College, where he has built a reputation as an outstanding teacher. At Bard he teaches courses including: “Introduction to International Relations,” “Advanced International Relations Theory,” “The United States and the Modern Middle East,” and “The Nature of Power,” a joint-seminar with the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Cristol is the recipient of numerous awards including a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship; a Mellon Grant for Curricular Development; an Overseas Research Scholarship; and a Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the University of Bristol (UK). He speaks and writes frequently on issues relating to diplomatic recognition, international relations theory, and the Middle East. Since January of 2010, Cristol has been an editorial advisor for Oxford University Press. Dr. Cristol holds degrees from Bard College (B.A. Political Studies), Yale University (M.A. International Relations) and the University of Bristol (Ph.D. International Relations).
Walter Russell Mead
Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and BGIA. As Academic Director, he will consult with staff on strategic planning, advice students, and continue to teach courses on Grand Strategy and on American Foreign Policy.
Mr. Mead is the author of: Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2001), winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize and nominated for the 2002 Arthur Ross Book Award); God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008); and Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk (2004). 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. His blog can be read at: http://www.the-american-interest.com/wrm/.
Anna graduated from Trinity College (‘13) with a major in Human Rights and minor in Hispanic Studies. She completed an honors thesis titled “Storytelling and Transitional Justice in Latin America: The Roles of Truth Commissions and the Arts in Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala.” During her semester in the BGIA program (Spring ‘12), Anna interned in the Global Advocacy Department of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). She has held numerous internship and volunteer positions since her time at BGIA, including work with WITNESS, the Judy Dworin Performance Project, ENACT, Inc., and Day One. Anna earned her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University ('15).
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 she worked as the program manager for Untours, a US-based travel company specializing in living like a local. She earned her M.A. in International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals ('12). Her master's honor thesis and work as a graduate research intern at Institut Català Internacional per la Pau focused on urban violence in Central America. Rachel comes to BGIA directly from the Institute for International Education, where she worked on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.
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