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, Program Director

Michelle Murray, Program Director

Associate Professor of Political Studies
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.  Her first book—The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations: Status, Revisionism and Rising Powers—offers a new answer to a perennial question in international relations: how can an established power manage the peaceful rise of new great powers?  The book argues that power transitions are principally social phenomena whereby rising powers struggle to obtain recognition of their status as great powers.  Through detailed case studies of the United States and Imperial Germany’s rise to world power status at the turn of the twentieth century, the book shows how the desire for recognition shaped the arming decisions of these rising powers. Professor Murray’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Bard Research Fund.  During the 2014-2015 academic year was a Deans Fellow for US Foreign Policy at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.  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.

Selected Publications
· The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations: Status, Revisionism and Rising Powers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).
· “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.


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