Fellows of the Bard Center

Bard Center fellows, who serve active terms of varying lengths, present seminars and lectures that are open to the public and teach or direct research by Bard undergraduates. Fellows are chosen on the basis of special achievement in the arts, sciences, literature, philosophy, history, or social studies. The following prominent scholars and artists currently serve as fellows:

Emmanuel Dongala, chemist and novelist

Currently professor of French and chemistry at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College, he has been dean of academic affairs and chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Brazzaville, Congo, where his research focused on devising a reliable method for the evaluation of toxic cyanogenic glucosides in cassava, the main food staple of the Congo. He is the author of Un fusil dans la main, un poème dans la poche; Jazz et vin de palme; Le feu des origines, which received the Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire and Grand Prix de la Fondation de France; and Les petits garçons naissent aussi des étoiles.

Stephen Graham, publisher, theatrical producer, and professor of writing and British literature

Founder and executive director of the New York Theatre Workshop (1979–86) and copublisher of Ecco Press (1993–98), he has previously taught at Columbia University and the New School for General Studies.

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, historian, author, and educator

The former Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at Harvard University and former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she is the author or editor of 10 books, as well as numerous articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters. Previously she was president of the Spencer Foundation; trustee of the Russell Sage, Greenwall, and Markle Foundations; vice chair of the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences at Stanford University; president of the board of Concord Academy; and, from 2005 to 2011, she chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Teacher Preparation. She was also president of the National Academy of Education and of the History of Education Society. She is a senior scholar at the Levy Institute of Economics, and Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College.

Bradford Morrow, novelist, poet, critic, and editor

His published work includes the novels Come Sunday, The Almanac Branch, Trinity Fields, Giovanni’s Gift, and Ariel’s Crossing, and the poetry collections Posthumes: Selected Poems 1977–1982, Danae’s Progress, The Preferences, and A Bestiary. He is a founding editor of Conjunctions, the widely respected literary journal published at Bard; a professor of literature at the College; and the executor of the estate of the poet Kenneth Rexroth.

Jacob Neusner, scholar

A prolific writer on Judaism and the relationship between Judaism and Christianity, he has held academic appointments at universities throughout the world; has been a member of the American Academy of Religion, National Council on the Humanities, and National Council on the Arts; and is the founding editor of the Brown Judaic Studies series, editor in chief of South Florida Studies in the History of Judaism, and editor of the Encyclopedia of Judaism. The recipient of numerous academic awards and honorary degrees, he is currently the holder of an endowed chair, Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism at Bard College.

Charles P. Stevenson Jr., business executive, environmentalist

Currently president of Navigator Group, Inc., a private investment firm. Serves as chair of the Finance Committee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, of which he has been a trustee since 1994, and the Board of Trustees of Bard College. Active in habitat restoration, he owns and operates Middle Fork Lodge in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude, Scholar of the House in English, from Yale College.

Binyavanga Wainaina, writer of fiction, essays, memoirs

Received the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing, Africa’s most prestigious literary award; other honors include a Lannan Foundation Fellowship (2007), Chevening Scholarship (2003–04), and a special award for contributions to Kenyan literature from the Kenya Publishers Association (2002). One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2011. He has published short fiction in One Story, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly, Wasafiri, and other journals, and essays and feature articles in Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Harper’s, Granta, New York Times Magazine, and Bidoun, among others. He is the founding editor and executive director of Kwani? Africa’s foremost literary journal, and the director of Bard College’s Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists.