James Ketterer is Academic 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.
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.
Student Affairs Coordinator
Julia is a recent graduate of Bard College ('18), where she majored in Global and International Studies and minored in both Africana Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. While attending BGIA (Fall '16), Julia interned at Human Rights Watch and stayed on the team for the spring semester. Prior to Bard, Julia lived in rural Senegal, West Africa as a Global Citizen Year Fellow. During her time at Bard, Julia was awarded the Davis Project for Peace to continue her work in Senegal.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Brian Mateo leads several engagement activities across Bard’s network in and around all of the Bard campuses nationally and internationally. Responsible for various initiatives, Brian manages the recruitment and logistics for The Clemente Course in the Humanities, serves as a liaison to the Bard High School Early Colleges and Early College Opportunity Scholars program, and promotes international exchanges between students in Annandale and students at Bard’s program at Smolny College in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Brian assists with the CCE's Annual GET ENGAGED social entrepreneurship Conference in Budapest, Hungary which brings together students from Bard's international network to learn about each others civic engagement projects and receive professional development. Brian attended The Pennsylvania State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health and a Master’s of Education in College Student Affairs.