Student-Focused Faculty

Bard has been recognized as the #1 college in America for Classroom Experience by the Princeton Review, and you will not find an M.S. Policy program anywhere in the world in which students receive more one-on-one focus from distinguished faculty. Unlike in other graduate programs, our master's degree faculty do very little teaching of undergraduates, and they do not advise PhD candidates. They are fully dedicated to our students. Bard's class size is small, with a typical entering cohort of between 15 and 20. Our faculty are passionate teachers, active researchers and practitioners, and active mentors, who work closely with students while they are at Bard and continue to support our alumni after they graduate.

Ranville, Mara A.

Mara A. Ranville

Visiting Faculty
Bard Center for Environmental Policy

B.A., Macalester College (cum laude); Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz. Research interests focus on the biogeochemical cycling of contaminants in the environment, the examination of industrial emissions to the atmosphere and aquatic systems, and the policy implications of crossborder transport of pollution. Recent work includes development of a baseline water-quality study in support of a payment of watershed services scheme in Oaxaca, Mexico, and participation in a UNESCO-sponsored contaminant survey of the North Pacific Ocean.  Governmental experience includes work with the U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Member, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences.  (2005- ) Assistant Professor of Environmental Science.