Bard Faculty

James P. Ketterer

Dean of International Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, Environmental and Urban Studies, Global and International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Studies

Academic Expertise: Political Studies

Area of Specialization: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Middle East Studies


B.A., Fordham University; M.A., New York University; Ph.D. candidate, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. 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; Research Fellow, University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy; 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. At Bard: 2003–05; 2013– .


  • Research Interests: Foreign Policy; Democratization; Diplomacy
  • Teaching Interests: International Relations of the Middle East; Soft Power: Diplomacy and Development; Research Methods for International Affairs; United Nations, Arab League
  • Other Interests: Public Diplomacy; Cultural Diplomacy; International Education


2013-09-05 — Grant
Research Fellowship, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California


Phone: 845-752-4538
Departments: Center for Civic Engagement,Institute for International Liberal Education
Location: Aspinwall
Office: 306