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.
Cassandra Sweet

Cassandra Sweet

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Office: Aspinwall 208
Email: csweet@bard.edu 

Teaching and research interests: International relations with a focus in international political economy and political economy of development. Special research interests include trade politics, rising powers, innovation systems, global health and access to medicine. 
Professor Sweet joined Bard in 2018. She previously worked at the Institute of Political Science, Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. She is the author myriad studies in leading editorial houses and peer-reviewed journals including World DevelopmentEconomics and Politics and Globalization and Health. From 2014-2017, she led a FONDECYT (Chilean national research agency) grant on innovation systems and intellectual property and their implementation across Latin America. In the policy world, Professor Sweet’s work has included projects for the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the United Nation’s Economic Commission on Latin America and local NGOs throughout Latin America.  She is a regular contributor to CNN Chile and frequent columnist for Santiago-based Diario Financiero. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Espacio Público, a Latin American think-tank which works to better inform the debate, design and implementation of public policies across the region. A native of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, she received her BA in political science from Stanford, and her PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge. She has been awarded grants from the Truman, Fulbright and Gates foundations. 
  •  “Emerging Powers Coalitions: India and Brazil Examined,” Forthcoming chapter in the book Global Powers, edited by Shailaja Fennell and PB Anand, Oxford University Press.
  •  “The Politics and Policies of Regulating Generics in Latin America: A Survey of 17 States,” 2017. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, June, 42(3) 485-512.
  • “Global Pharmaceutical Regulation and the Challenge of Integration for Developing States,” 2017. Globalization and Health (with Anthony Pezzola) 12(1) 85-93.
  • “Do stronger Intellectual Property Rights Increase Innovation?” 2015. World Development, (with Dalibor Eterovic) February (66) 665-677.
  • "Healthcare Management Strategy, Communication and Development Challenges and Solutions in Developing Countries," 2015. Book Review in World Medical & Health Policy, March (7) 86-87. 
  •  “Brazil woke up stronger? Power, protest and politics in 2013,” 2014. Revista de Ciencia Politica, 34 (1) 59-78.
  •  “Democracy and Education in 20th Century Latin America,” 2013. Economics and Politics, (with Dalibor Eterovic) July, 26 (2) 237-262. 
  • “The Political Economy of Pharmaceuticals in Brazil,” 2013. In The New Political Economy of Pharmaceuticals in the Global South, ed. Owain Williams and Hans Lofgren, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 29-47.
  • “Emerging Multinationals in Emerging Markets: Indian Pharmaceuticals in Brazil,” 2013. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 5 (3/4) 398-422.
  • “Barriers to Indian Pharma Post-2005,” 2013. In L'accès aux antirétroviraux dans les pays du sud. ed. B.Larouzé and C.Possas. Paris: Editons ANRS, 109-124 (with Keshab Das)
  • “The Latin American Pharmaceutical Sector IPR Regulation, Productive Capacity, and Innovation in the Post-TRIPS Environment.” 2009. United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, DPPE Section Commissioned Study.
  • “New ARV Treatments and Post-2005 TRIPS Constraints,” 2008. In The Political Economy of HIV/AIDs in Developing Countries. Ed. Benjamin Coriat, London: Edward Elgar, 1-25. (with C. D’Almeida, L. Hasenclever, G. Krikorian, F. Orsi and B. Coriat).

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