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.
Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray

Associate Professor of Political Studies
LOA Fall 2018

Office: Aspinwall 208
Phone: 845-752-7693
E-mail: mkmurray@bard.edu

Program Affiliations: Global and International Studies, Human Rights

Michelle Murray began teaching at Bard in 2010.  She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from The University of Chicago, specializing in international relations.  Her principal research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations theory, security studies and diplomatic history.  She is currently completing a book manuscript—The Struggle for Recognition in International Politics—on how the desire for recognition shapes the intentions and arming decisions of rising great powers, with a particular focus on American, British and German naval strategy before the First World War.  Professor Murray’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation and Bard Research Fund.  At Bard she teaches courses on international relations theory, security studies, great power politics, nuclear proliferation and humanitarian military intervention.  Before joining the Bard faculty, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the International Studies Program at The University of Chicago.

Teaching and Research Interests: International relations theory, critical security studies, the politics of recognition among states; international history, especially pre-World War I Europe; and global governance and international organization.


  • “Identity, Insecurity and Great Power Politics:  The Tragedy of German Naval Ambition Before the First World War,” Security Studies 19, no. 4 (December 2010):  656-688.
  • “Recognition, Disrespect and the Struggle for Morocco:  Rethinking Imperial Germany’s Security Dilemma,” in The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations Thomas Lindeman and Erik Ringmar, eds. (Paradigm Publishers, 2012):  131-151.

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