Division of Social Sciences

K “Yawa” Agbemabiese

Faculty in Special Education and Global Studies; Program Chair.
BA, Ohio State University; MA, PhD, Ohio University.
Dr. K. “Yawa” Agbemabiese is currently faculty of Special Education at Bard DC and teaches elective courses in History and Women and Gender Studies. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Foundations, as well as a graduate certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Ohio University. Dr. Yawa completed a Masters of Art Degree in International Affairs, African Studies from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Studies from The Ohio State University. Her current research focuses on education and gender dynamics amongst the Anlo Ewe of Ghana. Dr. Yawa is the founder of the Charles A. and Norma J. Grooms Education Foundation, which sponsors girls’ education in Abor, Ghana, and the owner of Dunenyo Education and Training Center, Abor, Volta Region of Ghana,West Africa.

Alysia Childs

Faculty in American Social Sciences
BA, Spellman College; MS, Georgetown University; PhD University of Texas at Austin    
Native Washingtonian and graduate of the DC Public School System, Dr. Childs earned a B.A. in Spanish from Spelman College, where she researched extensively in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Brazil, and Argentina. In 2001, Dr. Childs began teaching Spanish at a public high school in Georgia and 3 years later began her graduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her Masters’ research focused on race, ethnicity, and identity formation amongst African descendants in Latin America. She earned an M.S. degree in International Development and continued that research into her doctoral studies at The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Anthropology. Dr. Childs’ research critically-engages social activism (in the U.S., Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Colombia), educational disparity in U.S. public educational systems, and student outcomes in higher education institutions in the U.S. In 2015, Dr. Childs began working as an Anthropology Professor at Fayetteville State University before returning to DC in 2020.

Julie Fisher

Faculty in American Social Sciences
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara; PhD, University of Delaware.    
Dr. Julie A. Fisher is a historian and faculty member at Bard High School Early College in Washington, DC. She has previously worked with the Yale Indian Papers Project, the National Park Service, and the American Philosophical Society. When she is not hiking or deciphering old handwriting, she is looking for new food to try.

Michael Sigrist

Faculty in Global Social Sciences
BA, MA, Miami University; PhD, SUNY Stony Brook.      
Dr. Michael J. Sigrist trained in philosophy and has a special interest in the philosophy of history. His research focus and publications range over topics in ethics, value theory, personal identity, and the philosophy of literature. He is co-editor of Time and the Philosophy of Action published by Routledge in 2016. After living in Germany doing research at the University of Cologne, Dr. Sigrist moved to DC to teach philosophy in the Philosophy Department at George Washington University. He has also previously taught at American University and George Mason University. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Miami University, and a PhD from Stony Brook University. He lives with his three children in a beautiful neighborhood in Ward 7.

Cassandra St. Vil

Faculty in Global Social Sciences
BS, Buffalo State College; MSW, University of Michigan; PhD, Howard University; MSEd, Hunter College; MSEd, Harvard University.      
Cassandra “Dr. Cass” St. Vil has committed her career to teen leadership development, having worked with (or immediately around) teenagers for nearly 20 years. She is a trained Africanist, social worker and experienced high school teacher. A Teach for America, Peace Corps and Fulbright Scholar alumna, she has worked with adolescents and adults in youth development, internationally, in over 30 countries. She is a graduate of Howard University’s doctoral program in African Studies, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Hunter College and the University of Michigan School of Social Work. The first of her five degrees was completed at Buffalo State College.

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