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.
Deputy Director, BGIA
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
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
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.