Bard Faculty

Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College, the Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship at the Hudson Institute, and the Wall Street Journal’s Global View columnist. He is the author of several books: Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2001), winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize and nominated for the 2002 Arthur Ross Book Award; Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk (2004); and God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008). He is a contributing editor to and writer on international affairs for the Los Angeles Times; he also writes articles, book reviews, and op-ed pieces for Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and other magazines and newspapers. Mead was a finalist for the National Magazine Award (essays and criticism) in 1997, and was a President’s Fellow of the World Policy Institute at The New School from 1987 to 1997. In 2012, the Foreign Policy Research Institute awarded him its Benjamin Franklin Prize for his work in the field of American foreign policy. Mead is a founding board member of New America, and also serves on the board of Freedom House.

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