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.
Christopher McIntosh

Christopher McIntosh

Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Phone: 845-758-6822
E-mail: cmcintos@bard.edu

Program Affiliations: Global and International Studies

Christopher McIntosh began teaching at Bard in 2010.  He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from The University of Chicago, specializing in international relations and has an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown. His principal research and teaching interests revolve around international relations, security studies, temporality, and post-structural theory.  His primary research focuses on how the concept of war in contemporary international politics is constituted by sovereignty and the implications it has for the practice of political violence. This research builds on his dissertation, “What Makes a War, a War? Sovereignty, War, and the Subject of International Politics”.  At Bard he teaches courses on global ethics, sovereignty and war, terrorism, security, and international relations. Prior to Bard, Professor McIntosh has worked at CSIS and the Office of Naval Intelligence.  

Teaching and Research Interests: Security studies, war, sovereignty, temporality, terrorism, international relations, post-structural IR theory, global ethics, gender and security, the United States War on Terrorism, postcolonialism, and nationalism.


  • A Space for Time: Essays on Time, Temporality, and Global Politics (E-international Relations: forthcoming) with Andrew Hom, Alasdair MacKay, and Liam Stockdale.
  • "Theory Across Time: International Relations' Privileging of Time-less Theory," International Theory 7, no. 3 (2015): 464-500.
  • "Counterterrorism as War: The Dangers, Risks, and Oppurtunity Costs of War with Al Qaeda and its Affiliates," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 38, no. 1 (2015): 104-118.
  • "A Different Kind of War: Practices and War in Countering Terrorism," Air and Space Power Journal-AF 6, no. 4 (2015): 36-46.
  • Ending the War on Al Qaeda” Orbis, December 2014 (58:1): 104-118.
  • “The US Debate,” in Banning the Bang or the Bomb? Negotiating the Nuclear Test Ban Regime I. William Zartman, Mordechai Melamud, and Paul Meerts, eds. (Cambridge University Press: 2014):  131-151.
  • “Taking Obama’s Offer Seriously: Ending the War on Al Qaeda” Yale Journal of International Affairs, June 1st, 2013.

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