BGIA Faculty

Our faculty’s experience in the field of international affairs and at prestigious universities brings real-world expertise into the classroom.

Current Faculty

Giles Alston

Giles Alston

Giles Alston is with Oxford Analytica, a UK-based political risk consultancy, and has worked in its New York office for more than a decade.  He works mainly on country risk but contributes to the company's analytical training programs and occasionally writes on space. He previously taught in the Government Department at the University of Essex and has a D.Phil and an M.Phil from St Antony's College, Oxford.
Elmira Bayrasli

Elmira Bayrasli

Elmira Bayrasli is the author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Placesa book that looks at the rise of entrepreneurship globally. She is also the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a lecturer at New York University. She has lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where she was the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission. From 1994-2000 she was presidential appointee at the State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively. Elmira writes about foreign policy and global entrepreneurship and innovation. Her work has appeared in TechCrunch, ReutersThe Washington PostForeign AffairsThe Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
Kate Bourne

Kate Bourne

Kate Bourne is a professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She also works as an independent consultant in international health. As a consultant, she focuses on human rights, gender, reproductive and sexual health, as well as HIV and AIDS. Kate has also served as Vice President for the International Women’s Health Coalition and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and holds degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Texas.
James Creighton

James Creighton

James Creighton is a Distinguished Fellow at the EastWest Institute. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for 30 years, holding staff and command positions, most recently serving a Commander of the Combined Team in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. James is also a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds degrees from the United States Military Academy, Central Michigan University, the Marine Corps University, and the National Defense University.
Lynda Hammes

Lynda Hammes

Lynda Hammes is the publisher of Foreign Affairs magazine, published by the Council on Foreign Relations. She has led the magazine to its highest paid readership in history, working on all aspects of strategy and audience development. Hammes has worked as a journalist and as an adjunct professor of media studies and journalism at Bard College and New York University.
Ilan Greenberg

Ilan Greenberg

Ilan Greenberg is a journalist who has reported across the globe for publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Foreign Policy, and Slate. He founded the crisis reporting platform Coda, which adheres to a unique approach of following a single topic throughout its unfolding. He  was a visiting public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and has received a Knight International Journalism Fellowship, Asia Society Fellowship, and the 2008 Lange-Taylor Prize for his work. 
James Ketterer

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. 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.


Chris McIntosh

Chris McIntosh

Christopher McIntosh began teaching at Bard in 2010.  He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from The University of Chicago, specializing in international relations and has an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown. His principal research and teaching interests revolve around international relations, security studies, temporality, and post-structural theory.  His primary research focuses on how the concept of war in contemporary international politics is constituted by sovereignty and the implications it has for the practice of political violence. This research builds on his dissertation, “What Makes a War, a War? Sovereignty, War, and the Subject of International Politics”.  At Bard he teaches courses on global ethics, sovereignty and war, terrorism, security, and international relations. Prior to Bard, Professor McIntosh has worked at CSIS and the Office of Naval Intelligence.  
Walter Russell Mead

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. 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 received his B.A. from Yale University.
Michael Moran

Michael Moran

Michael Moran is a Principal for Global Risk Analysis at Control Risks, and is based in the New York office. A foreign policy analyst, author and geo-strategist for investment banks and other institutions, he concentrates on macro risk and US energy, foreign policy and global economic matters. Before joining Control Risks, Michael served as head of thought leadership at the investment bank Renaissance Capital. He previously served as chief geo-strategist for Roubini Global Economics and helped launch the company’s product offering and digital strategy. Michael also spent four years at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he launched CFR’s Crisis Guides series, which garnered three Emmy awards and numerous other honours. He was also a senior correspondent, analyst, and editor for MSNBC.com, the BBC World Service, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, respectively.
Tom Parker

Tom Parker

Tom Parker is currently the team leader of a European Union project to improve cooperation within the Iraqi intelligence community in the fight against ISIS. He was formerly a Counter-Terrorism Strategist at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCCT) focused on Central and Southern Africa, and was one of the principal authors of the UN’s Preventing Violent Extremism Plan of Action. Tom has previously served as the Policy Director for Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Human Rights for Amnesty International USA, as Head of the Coalition Provisional Authority’s Crimes against Humanity Investigation Unit, as a war crimes investigator with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and as an Intelligence Officer in the British Security Service (MI5). Tom has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on international terrorism in Yale University’s Residential College Seminar Program, Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs Program, and the National Defense University at Fort Bragg. 
Scott Rosenstein

Scott Rosenstein

Scott Rosenstein is Head of Platform Research for 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Before joining 100 Resilient Cities, Scott was the Director of the Global Health Program at the Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy in New York. In that position he worked with government and private sector clients interested in global health policy, pandemic preparedness, and health infrastructure analysis. Prior to this, Scott was a research associate in the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he focused on the intersection of emerging infectious diseases and national security. Scott is also co-founder of Restore Rockaway, a non-profit organization that provides grants to small businesses on the Rockaway Peninsula that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. His international experience includes projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria, South Africa, Lebanon, Jordan, Senegal, Botswana, and El Salvador. He has published pieces on the 2009-2010 H1N1 flu pandemic, links between HIV and national security, the politics of the polio epidemic in Nigeria, and the global governance of infectious diseases. Scott is a former term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and was on the Arthur Ross Book Award Nominating Committee. Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College and holds Master of Public Health and Master of International Relations degrees, both from Yale University.
Joel Rosenthal

Joel Rosenthal

Joel Rosenthal is President of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
Under his leadership, the Council created the Carnegie Ethics Studio, which specializes in producing multimedia programs, and has set up the Global Ethics Network of Fellows that connects four continents and two dozen countries around the globe. Joel is also adjunct professor of Politics at New York University, and the author of numerous books and articles, including Righteous Realists and Ethics and International Affairs: A Reader. Joel holds degrees from Harvard University and Yale University.
Scott Silverstone

Scott Silverstone

Scott Silverstone is a Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Williams College. He has published several books on defence politics and international security. Scott was also a naval flight officer in the US Navy, and worked as a crisis staff officer at the Pentagon. He is currently working on a book about Germany’s preventive war dilemma as a Carnegie Fellow at the New America Foundation. Scott holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Dr. Theresa P. Castillo

Dr. Theresa P. Castillo

Dr. Theresa P. Castillo has been working globally in the fields of gender, social justice, human rights, and health equity for nearly 20 years.  Her expertise includes cultural rights, sexual and reproductive health, violence prevention, and community development among vulnerable, marginalized populations.  Currently, she serves as the Director of Women and Children’s Health Programs at HealthRight International. Working primarily in resource-poor settings in over 15 countries, Dr. Castillo has collaborated with various non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and Ministries of Health to build local capacity and to strengthen public health systems.  Her research has been dedicated to immigrant, refugee, and indigenous women’s health issues.  A strong advocate of holistic concepts of health and integrated healing, Dr. Castillo has served on several health equity committees, led training workshops, and presented globally, with publications on gender integration and health disparities. 

Dr. Castillo is on the Board of Directors for UMOJA Now and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, the American Public Health Association, and the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.  Early in her career, she served as a Maternal Health Specialist in Turkmenistan, Morocco, and Mali with the US Peace Corps. Dr. Castillo received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Chicago and her Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Public Health Education from Columbia University.
 

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