Bard Faculty

Ruth Zisman

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Co-Director, Bard Debate Union; Term Assistant Professor of Social Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): German Studies, Human Rights, Philosophy

Academic Expertise: Philosophy

Area of Specialization: German Philosophy


Ruth Zisman’s areas of specialization include the German philosophical tradition (Kant, Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger), political philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical theory, feminist theory, and the relationship between philosophy and literature. She has taught at NYU and debate workshops and institutes throughout Europe and the United States, held fellowships in Berlin and Weimar, and presented at academic conferences at Cornell, Yale, and the University of Zurich. Professor Zisman founded the Bard Debate Union in 2004 and since then has worked to build a world-renowned debate program on campus—expanding the program from an extracurricular activity into a centerpiece of liberal arts education—while also working to build and support the growth of debate programs in Bard's surrounding school districts and throughout Bard's national and international networks.

BA, philosophy and literature, Vassar College; MA, humanities and social thought, New York University; PhD, German studies, New York University. At Bard since 2004.


Phone: 845-758-6822 x4512
Location: Achebe House
Office: 7