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.
Simon Gilhooley

Simon Gilhooley

Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Office: Aspinwall 207
Phone: 845-758-7556
E-mail: sgilhool@bard.edu

Teaching and Research Interests: American Politics and Political Thought, particularly the philosophy and political practice of the Early American Republic; Constitutions in theory and practice; American Political Thought; and Contemporary American politics.

Program Affiliations:  American Studies

Simon Gilhooley has been at Bard since 2013. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University, and specializes in American Politics and Political Thought. His research builds upon insights from American politics and political theory, in order to address issues of constitutionality and authority within the American polity. His dissertation sought to understand the central role of the Constitution's framers within American political life, and the emergence of this centrality within the historical context of the Early American republic. . His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, among others. He teaches courses on contemporary American politics, American political history, American political thought, and constitutional practice. Before joining Bard College, he taught at Ithaca College, NY. His website can be visited at www.simongilhooley.com

Recent Publications:

  • "The Framers Themselves: Constitutional Authorship during the Ratification," American Political Thought 2:1 (2013)

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