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.
Kevin Duong

Kevin Duong

Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Office: Aspinwall 209
Phone: 845-752-4612
E-mail: kduong@bard.edu

Teaching and Research Interests: The history of political thought, especially 19th and 20th century France; revolution and violence; modern social theory; feminist political thought; historiography.
Program Affiliations: Gender and Sexuality Studies, French Studies

Kevin Duong has been at Bard since 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University and his M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on democracy and political violence, with an area focus on modern French political thought and intellectual history. He is currently working on a book manuscript, The Virtues of Violence in Nineteenth Century France, that traces how revolutionary violence by “the people” offered a vocabulary of social regeneration during and after the French Revolution. He is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s 2017 Leo Strauss Award for the best dissertation in political philosophy. His research has also been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Gustave Gimon Collection at Stanford, among others. At Bard, he teaches classes on the history of political thought, gender and sexuality, and on various topics in modern intellectual history and European political development. 
Recent publications:
  •  “The Demands of Glory: Tocqueville and Terror in Algeria,” The Review of Politics 80, no. 1 (2018): 31-55.
  • “The People as a Natural Disaster: Redemptive Violence in Jacobin Political Thought,” American Political Science Review 111, no. 4 (2017): 786-800.
  • “‘Does Democracy End in Terror?’ Transformations of Antitotalitarianism in Postwar France,” Modern Intellectual History 14, no. 2 (2017): 537-563.
  • “What Does Queer Theory Teach Us About Intersectionality?” Politics & Gender 8, no. 3 (2012): 370-386.
Other publications:
  • “Flash Mob: Revolution, Lightning, and the People’s Will,” The Public Domain Review, November 9, 2017.
  • “Gender Trouble in France” (with Camille Robcis), Jacobin 12 December 2014.

back to list of faculty