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.
James Ketterer

James Ketterer

Dean of International Studies, Director of the Bard Globalization and Intetnational Affairs Program
Office: Barringer House
Phone: 845-752-4538
Email: jkettere@bard.edu

Program Affiliations:  Political Studies faculty, Middle East Studies, and Global and International Affairs

James Ketterer was a visiting professor at Bard 2003-2005 and returned in 2013 on a full-time basis.  He teaches international and comparative politics with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.  He has worked in government, academia and international development.  He previously served in Egypt as country director for Amideast, a nonprofit educational and cultural organization linking the United States and Egypt. Has also served as vice chancellor for policy and planning and deputy provost for the State University of New York; as lead staffer for the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education (New York); as director of SUNY’s Center for International Development and program officer at SUNY’s Center for Legislative Development. In government he served on the staff at the National Security Council at the White House and as a policy analyst for the New York State Senate. Has taught at SUNY New Paltz, New School for Social Research, Russell Sage College, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany, and at Bard (2003–05), where he helped develop the Middle Eastern Studies Program. Author of numerous articles and book chapters on international and comparative politics in publications including Middle East Report, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Politics, Washington Post. Awards and fellowships include: Boren Fellow in Morocco; Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Tunisia; American Institute of Maghrib Studies Fellowship; Maryland Senatorial Fellowship; State Department Fellow, White House; and others. International missions and consultancies for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, United Nations Development Program, U.S. Agency for International Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uganda, Macedonia, Libya, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Zambia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Guinea, and Congo.

Selected Publications:

  • “Bicameralism and Democratization: Case of Morocco,” in Second Cambers, N. Baldwin & D. Shell, eds.  (Frank Cass Publishers, London, 2001): 135-150
  • “Networks of Discontent in Northern Morocco,” Middle East Report 218, (March 2001)
  • “A New World for U.S., Arabs,” Times Union, February 2, 2011
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