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BGIA Program Staff:

Jonathan Cristol

Director

Jonathan Cristol
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).