Faculty Director, Bard MA in Global Studies
Associate Professor of Politics, Bard College
Michelle MurrayBA, MA, PhD, University of Chicago. Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Studies, University of Chicago (2007–10); Deans Fellow in International Security and US Foreign Policy, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College (2014–15). Recipient, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2006–07), Smith Richardson Foundation Summer Research Grant (2004/2006). Teaching and research interests include international relations theory; security studies; the politics of recognition among states; international history, especially pre–World War I Europe; and global governance and international organization. Her current research focuses on how the desire for status recognition shapes the military strategies of rising great powers, with a particular focus on American, British, and German naval strategy before World War I. This work has appeared in the journals Security Studies and Global Discourse, and as chapters in edited volumes. She presents regularly at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and International Studies Association. At Bard since 2010.
Director, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program
Elmira BayrasliElmira Bayrasli joined BGIA in 2016 as an adjunct lecturer, teaching Foreign Policy in the Time of the Internet. She is the cofounder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and the host of the Project Syndicate podcast Opinion Has It. She is the author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, a book that looks at the rise of entrepreneurship globally. Elmira has lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she was the chief spokesperson for the OSCE Mission from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 to 2000 she was a presidential appointee at the US State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively. Elmira provides analysis on foreign policy, particularly on Turkey, global entrepreneurship, and gender issues. Her work has appeared in Reuters, Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, Quartz, Techcrunch, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Bayrasli sits on several boards, including Invest2Innovate, Turkish Women's International Network, Turkish Philanthropy Funds, and Our Secure Future.
Associate Professor of International Relations, Central European University
Alexander AstrovAlexander Astrov received his PhD from the department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research is situated at the intersection of international relations theory and political theory, focusing mainly on the ideas of order and politics. He is particularly interested in the history and changing practices of “great powers” and their role in global political order. He has published two monographs on these subjects and edited a volume exploring the idea of “great power management” as it appears in the writings of the English school of international relations theory, continental political thought, and contemporary state practices.