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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.
Roger  Berkowitz

Roger Berkowitz

Associate Professor of Political Studies, Philosophy, and Human Rights; Academic Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities
Office: Seymour 102
Phone: 845-758-7413
E-mail: berkowit@bard.edu

Teaching and Research Interests: Political theory, law and human rights with an emphasis on the ethical activity of justice.

Roger Berkowitz (websitewww.vernunft.orgcame to Bard in 2005 from stints teaching at Amherst College and Cardozo Law School. He has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence from the University of California Berkeley and a J.D. from Boalt Hall Law School. Berkowitz founded the Hannah Arendt Center in 2006. His teaching ranges from introductory courses in law, political theory, and human rights to seminars on Hannah Arendt, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Martin Heidegger. He is the author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition and editor of Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics and The Burden of Our Times: The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis. He edits HA: The Journal of the Arendt Center. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Harpers, The American Interest, Ethics and International Affairs, Bookforum, The Paris Review, and other publications. He writes and edits the Arendt Center blog. His TEDx East Hampton talk is "The Next Generation of Human"

Selected Recent Publications:

  • "The Romance of the Self: Marilynne Robinson’s Existential Humanism," (with Anna Hadfield), The Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson (forthcoming)
  • "Instituting Freedom: Steven Buckler and Hannah Arendt on an Engaged Political Theory," European Journal of Political Theory (forthcoming, 2014)
  • "Drones Are Everywhere," forthcoming, Ethics and International Affairs (forthcoming, 2014)
  • "Justice," The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael T. Gibbons (Wiley, 2014)
  • "Does the President Matter? Thoughts on Miracles in Politics," in HA. The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities (v. 2, 2014). 
  • "Dostoevsky," The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael T. Gibbons (Wiley, 2014). 
  • "Melville's War Poetry and the Human Form," in A Political Companion to Herman Melville, ed. by Jason Frank (Kentucky Univ. Press, 2014).
  • Misreading Eichmann in Jerusalem,” The New York Times, July 7, 2013.
  • "Should We Justify War?" in Just War in Religion and Politics, ed. by Jacob Neusner and R.E. Tully (2013).
  • "Human Being in an Inhuman Age," in HA. The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities (v. 1, 2012).
  • "Hannah Arendts erste Briefe an Karl Jaspers und Martin Heidegger: Freundschaft, Versöhnung und Wiederaufbau einer gemeinsamen Welt," in Nach dem Krieg! - Nach dem Exil?  Erste Briefe/First Letters 1945-1950, II, ed. Detlef Garz and David Kettler (2012).
  • "’The Angry Jew has Gotten His Revenge’: Hannah Arendt on Revenge and Reconciliation," in Philosophical Topics (v. 39 no. 2, 2011).
  • "Hannah Arendt and Human Rights." Routledge International Handbook of Human Rights. Ed. by Thomas Cushman. (Routlege, 2011).
  • "The Power of Non-Reconciliation – Arendt’s Judgment of Adolf Eichmann," Hannaharendt.net (2011)
  • “Bearing Logs on Our Shoulders: Reconciliation, Judgment and the Building of a Common World,” Theory & Event v. 14.1 (March, 2011).
  • "From Justice to Justification: An Alternative Genealogy of Positive Law," University of California, Irvine, Law Review v. 1.3 (2011).
  • "Assassinating Justly: Reflections on Justice and Revenge in the Osama Bin Laden Killing." Journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2011).

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