Bard Faculty

Jonathan Becker

Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Director, Center for Civic Engagement; Associate Professor of Political Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, Global and International Studies, Political Studies, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Academic Expertise: Political Studies

Area of Specialization: Russian and East European Politics, Media and Politics, Comparative Politics


B.A., McGill University; D. Phil., St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Specialization in Soviet, Russian, and Eastern European politics; media and politics. Taught at Central European University, University of Kiev Mohyla Academy, Wesleyan University, Yale University. Author of Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States: Press, Politics and Identity in Transition (1999; new edition, 2002). Articles in European Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communications Quarterly, Slovo, among others. Director, Global and International Studies Program; Academic Director, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program. At Bard since 2001.


  • Research Interests: Russian media; democratization and media; non-democratic media; globalization and sport
  • Other Interests: international education


2008-07-27 — Publication
"The Perfect Storm: George W. Bush and the American Press,"European Journal of Communication, Col 23(2): 211-222 (2008).

2007-11-30 — Publication
"Putin and the Dawn of the Neo-Authoritarians," The Globalist, November 30, 2007,


Phone: 845-758-7378
Departments: Center for Civic Engagement,International Studies
Location: Ward Manor Gatehouse
Office: Second Floor