Our faculty’s experience in the field of international affairs and at prestigious universities brings real-world expertise into the classroom.
Giles AlstonGiles 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 BayrasliElmira Bayrasli 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. 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, Reuters, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
Kate BourneKate 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.
Dr. Theresa P. CastilloDr. 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.
James CreightonJames 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.
Ilan GreenbergIlan 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.
Lynda HammesLynda 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.
Ambassador Frederic HofAmbassador Frederic C. Hof is the outgoing director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Hof has extensive experience in diplomacy, the military and the private sector. In 2012, Hof received the rank of ambassador in connection with his duties as special adviser to the Secretary of State on political transition in Syria.Hof was previously the special coordinator for regional affairs in the US Department of State's Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, where he advised Special Envoy George Mitchell on the full range of Arab-Israeli peace issues falling under his purview and focusing on Syria-Israel and Israel-Lebanon matters. He joined the State Department in 2009 after serving as the president and CEO of AALC, an international business consulting and project finance firm formerly known as Armitage Associates LC. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Hof began his professional career as an Army officer. He is a Vietnam veteran and served as a US Army Middle East Foreign Area Officer, studying Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute in Tunisia and receiving a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served as US Army attaché in Beirut, Lebanon and later in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as director for Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestinian Affairs. He has written extensively on the Middle East and diplomacy. His awards include the Purple Heart, the Department of State Superior Honor Award, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
James KettererJames 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.
Melina LitoMelina Lito is an international law attorney with experience advising on human rights and humanitarian law and international security. She is the founder of a boutique international law advisory firm. Ms. Lito has worked for various non-governmental organizations at the UN where she has engaged on a range of peace and security issues including but not limited to disarmament, human rights, genocide prevention, rule of law, anti-trafficking and global migration issues. Ms. Lito has published on the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions, sexual exploitation and abuse, responsibility to protect, and the legal rights of migrants in land and sea borders. Ms. Lito's field experience includes providing legal assistance on immigration matters to vulnerable communities in humanitarian settings. Ms. Lito is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School, where she served on the Law Review Executive Board, as President of the International Law Student Association (ILSA) and as Senior Editor of the Michigan International Lawyer (a publication of the Michigan State Bar). Ms. Lito has a BA in International Relations with a Muslim Studies Specialization, from James Madison College, Michigan State University.
Chris McIntoshChristopher 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 MeadWalter 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 MoranMichael Moran is the Founder and CEO of Tranformative.io. 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 ParkerTom 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.
Joel RosenthalJoel 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 RosensteinScott works at the intersection of research and practice. He is currently the senior director for Strategy and Partnerships at Ikana Health Action Lab where he creates innovative and impactful public health tools and media. Before joining Ikana, Scott was the head of research at the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative where he worked with cities to identify and develop integrated solutions to their complex challenges. Prior to that, 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 health emergencies and health system analysis. Scott was also 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. He is the co-founder of Restore Rockaway, a non-profit organization that provided grants to small businesses on the Rockaway Peninsula that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Scott’s field experience includes projects in Puerto Rico, Bosnia,, Nigeria, South Africa, Lebanon, Jordan, Senegal, Botswana, and El Salvador. He has written extensively on issues pertaining to global health, international development, urban planning, and political risk. He 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.
Stephanie SavellStephanie Savell is Co-Director of Brown University’s Costs of War Project, informing public debate on the post-9/11 “war on terror.” An anthropologist, she has conducted research on security and civic engagement in the U.S. and in Brazil. Her publications include the co-authored The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life (Routledge, 2014). Stephanie has worked for several nonprofit organizations, including Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and taught for the Bard Prison Initiative. She received her PhD from Brown University.
Benjamin SchraderBenjamin Schrader is a visiting faculty member from Central European University. His work focuses on military veteran activism; blending political theory, international relations and American politics. He is an Army combat veteran-turned peace and social justice activist-turned academic. He received his PhD from the University of Hawaii and holds degrees from Colorado State University. His forthcoming book, Fight to Live, Live to Fight: Veteran Activism after War is scheduled to be released in July, 2019.
At BGIA Ben is teaching International Relations courses for the Central European University students. One titled Critical Military Studies, seeks to better understand the ways that military power works, both inside military institutions and in everyday civilian life. The other course, IR in Action, approaches their internships as ethnographic sites of inquiry, so that they can better connect their BGIA internships to their MA thesis research projects.