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James Ketterer is Dean of International Studies and BGIA Director. 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. In government, he served on the staff of the New York Commission on Higher Education, the National Security Council staff at the White House, and as a policy analyst at the New York State Senate. He has also worked on elections for the United Nations, the African-American Institute and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He is currently a non-resident Research Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and has also held teaching positions in international politics at the New School for Social Research, the State University of New York at New Paltz, the University at Albany, Russell Sage College, and the College of Saint Rose. Ketterer was a Boren National Security Educational Program Fellow in Morocco, an International Graduate Rotary Scholar at the Bourguiba School of Languages in Tunisia, and studied Arabic at the King Fahd Advanced School of Translation in Morocco. He received his education at Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Fordham University.
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/.
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 has been with BGIA since 2014 and oversees the program's day-to-day operations.
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).
Director of Global Outreach
Bryan Billings brings his many years of international program experience to BGIA as he takes on recruiting for the program. Having worked for Bard in St. Petersburg at Smolny College from 2004-10, Bryan Billings joined the Center for Civic Engagement in 2012 as Eurasian Program Manager. Over the past three years his work on closer collaboration with Bard's partnerships in the former Soviet Union has led to expanded student and faculty programming as well as new institutional outreach in the Russian Federation.
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.
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