Project Advisory

Candidates identify a faculty adviser prior to proposing an area of concentration and independent research project. The advisor, in turn, guides the project proposal and organizes a faculty committee for recommendations, revisions, and approval. The candidate is expected to coordinate this research project with two semester-long School & Society seminars (Art, Activism and the Making of Modern Los Angeles and Transnational Los Angeles), four community education electives, and monthly mentoring support from their faculty adviser.

The Bard faculty is notable for expertise combining academic scholarship with recognized, ongoing leadership and public service in institutions serving the same student populations our candidates teach. As scholars actively involved in public education, the arts, and community activism, who are committed to interdisciplinary inquiry, this faculty maintains a wide range of interests and expertise in topics likely to be explored through IRPs. Candidates are encouraged to meet with faculty members early and identify an advisor who shares similar teaching, service, and research interests.

Sample of Past Project Titles
Moving Borders and Fractured Perspectives: Postcolonialism in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange
Place and Space: A Marxist Look into South East Los Angeles’s Industrial Belt Labor Politics
Representing the Urban Crisis: A Cultural Historiography, 1960–1973
Blowout! A New Student Identity
Reading the World: In Search of Jimmy Santiago Baca's A Place to Stand 
Watts 1965: Riots or Uprising?
Wanda Coleman’s ‘Love Cry’: An Exploration of Identity and Class in Los Angeles
From Missions to Boarding Schools: The Educational Colonization of Native Americans
The Grotesque Heterotopia: The New Orleans of A Confederacy of Dunces
Poetics of Space: Lord Byron’s Journey to Rome
Out of Time: Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
Signs of Life: On Nomadism, Porcelain, and Transformation in Bruce Chatwin’s Utz
A Dream of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement, 1955–1965
Place and Pattern in Invisible Cities 
 [Ursula K. Le Guin's] Tehanu Revisions 
Her Story: Women in America from Colonialism to the Early Republic
1943 Called, It Wants Its Style Back
First Transcontinental Railroad: Economical, Cultural, and Environmental Effects