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.

Derek O’Leary

Faculty in American Social Sciences
BA, Amherst College; MA, Tufts University; PhD, UC Berkeley.     
Dr. Derek O’Leary hails from Boston but has been living in California for the past seven years. He’s delighted to move to DC to teach at Bard. He researches and writes and likes to teach about how different Americans have constructed competing narratives about their histories. He’s excited to work with students on understanding and writing about American history and literature.

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.

Mack Scott

Faculty in American Social Science
BS, University of Rhode Island; MA, Virginia Commonwealth University; PhD, Kansas State University
I am an educator with close to twenty years of experience. I have had the opportunity to teach at various levels in four different states. I have spent much of my life playing, coaching, and generally being a fan of athletic competition (Go EAGLES!). My skills-based approach to education was shaped by my experience as coach where my mission was to help all athletes develop the skills they needed to become better players. As an educator, I endeavor to help all learners build the academic and cognitive skills that will help them, not only be better learners, but also more capable leaders for their families and communities.

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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