BGIA Staff

Director, BGIA

Director, BGIA

Elmira Bayrasli

Elmira Bayrasli joined BGIA in 2016, as an adjunct lecturer, teaching "Foreign Policy in the Time of the Internet." She is the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and the host of Project Syndicate's podcast, Opinion Has It. She is the author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places a book that looks at the rise of entrepreneurship globally. Elmira has lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where she was the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission from 2003-2005. From 1994-2000 she was presidential appointee at the U.S. State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively. Elmira provides analysis on foreign policy, particularly on Turkey, global entrepreneurship, and gender issues. Her work has appeared in Reuters, Foreign AffairsWashington Post, Quartz, Techcrunch, FortuneForbes, CNN, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Bayrasli sits on several boards, including Invest2Innovate, Turkish Women's International Network, Turkish Philanthropy Funds, and Our Secure Future. Expand for more. Expand
Deputy Director, BGIA

Deputy Director, BGIA

Erica Kane

Erica L Kane was born and raised in Tivoli, NY, a stone's throw from Bard College. Erica obtained her BA in International Studies: Globalization, Development and Human Rights with minors in Anthropology and Spanish from Arcadia University ('09) and participated in study abroad programs in London, Barcelona, and Greece.  She worked with under-served public middle school students in southwest Philadelphia as an AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year Greater Philadelphia from 2010-2011 and with high school student in 2012 with City Year Orlando.  Erica completed her MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy in 2014, having studied at Carnegie Mellon's campus in Adelaide, Australia. After working for elected officials in the New York State Senate and Assembly, and at Cornell University's Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, Erica joined BGIA as Deputy Director in 2019.  
Director of Strategic Partnerships, BGIA

Director of Strategic Partnerships, BGIA

Brian Mateo

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.
Academic Director, BGIA and Director of Global Initiatives, Bard College

Academic Director, BGIA and Director of Global Initiatives, Bard College

Michelle Murray

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago. Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Studies, University of Chicago (2007–10); Deans Fellow in International Security and U.S. Foreign Policy, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College (2014–15). Recipient, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2006–07), Smith Richardson Foundation Summer Research Grant (2004/2006). Teaching and research interests include international relations theory; security studies; the politics of recognition among states; international history, especially pre-World War I Europe; and global governance and international organization. Her current research focuses on how the desire for status recognition shapes the military strategies of rising great powers, with a particular focus on American, British, and German naval strategy before the First World War. This work has appeared in the journals Security Studies and Global Discourse, and as chapters in edited volumes. She presents regularly at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and International Studies Association. At Bard since 2010.