Bard’s political studies faculty teaches courses that cover the breadth of the discipline, with a focus on comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and American politics.  The faculty also has expertise in a variety of foreign geographic areas, including Latin America, Western Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East, and conducts research in a wide range of subjects, including political activism, terrorism and war, and democratic development.  Additional faculty resources are available at Bard's Global and Internatioal Affairs Program (BGIA), based in New York City, which allows Bard studens to pursue course work in international studies alongside intership opportunities at major international bodies and non-governmental organizations.  See below for individual profiles.
Omar G. Encarnación

Omar G. Encarnación

Professor of Political Studies
Office: Aspinwall 211
Phone: 845-758-7230
E-mail: encarna@bard.edu

Program Affiliations: Latin American and Iberian Studies, Global and International Studies, and Human Rights.

Teaching and Research Interests: Comparative politics with a focus on Latin America and Iberia. Special research interests in theories of regime change, democratization politics, and LGBT rights.

Omar G. Encarnación came to Bard in 1998, after completing his Ph.D. in politics at Princeton University.  He is the recipient of Princeton University's Presidential Fellowship and research grants from the Council for European Studies, the Fulbright Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Research Council, and the Spanish Ministry of Culture.  He has been a Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University's Center of Latin American Studies, a visiting scholar to the Center for the Advanced Study in the Social Sciences of the Juan March Institute in Madrid, a Research Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC, and a consultant for the U.S. Department of State, The World Bank, and Freedom House.  In 2017, he was elected to a three-year term to the APSA Council, the governing body of the American Political Science Association.

Professor Encarnación is the author, most recently, of Out in the Periphery: Latin America's Gay Rights Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2016).  His research has appeared in Comparative Politics, Political Science QuarterlyJournal of Democracy, International Studies Quarterly, West European Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Human Rights Quarterly, among others.  His opinion articles can be found in The New York TimesCurrent History, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The New York Review of Books.  

Out in the Periphery: Latin America's Gay Rights Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Democracy without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).
Spanish Politics: From Dictatorship to Democracy (Polity Press, 2008).

Academic Essays

Other Writings

  • "The Case for Gay Reparation," The New York Times, June 14, 2019
  • "Will Spain be the Savior of Social Democracy in Europe?", The New York Review of Books, May 28, 2019.
  • "Will Spain Become a Victim of the Catalan Separatists?", The New York Times, February 25, 2019.
  • "Is Far Right Populism Gaining Ground in Spain?," Foreign Affairs, February 11, 2019.
  • "Bolsonaro Can't Destroy Brazilian Democracy," Foreign Policy, November 1, 2018.
  • "How Lula's Legacy Hurts his Party's Prospects," The Nation, October 1, 2018.
  • "Why Latin America Says Yes to Gay Marriage and No to Abortion," Foreign Policy, August 27, 2018.
  • "Spain Exhumes its Painful Past," The New York Review of Books, August 24, 2018.
  • "Spain's New Government and the Catalan Crisis," Foreign Affairs, June 13, 2018.
  • “The Rise and Fall of the Latin American Left," The Nation, May 9, 2018.  
  • “The Trumpification of the Latin American Right,” Foreign Policy, April 15, 2018.
  • “Why Spanish Nationalism is on the Rise," Foreign Affairs, February 5, 2018. 
  • "Trump and the Retreat from Human Rights," Current History, November 17, 2017.
  • "Homage to Catalonia?" The New York Review of Books, November 9, 2017. 
  • "Catalonia's Martyrdom Strategy Doesn't Stand A Prayer," Foreign Policy, November 1, 2017.
  • “The Catalan Martyr and the Spanish Strongman,” The New York Times, October 28, 2017. 
  • "The Ghosts of Franco Still Haunt Catalonia," Foreign Policy, October 5, 2017.
  • "The Patriarchy's Revenge: The Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff," World Policy Journal, Spring 2017.
  • "Amid Crisis in Brazil, the Evangelical Bloc Emerges as a Political Power," The Nation, August 16, 2017. 

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