Our People

Our People

Our Faculty

Amy Baily
Faculty in Literature
B.A., George Washington University, English and Creative Writing; M.F.A, Washington University, Fiction Writing.

Ryan Bazinet
Faculty in Music and Literature 
PhD., Ethnomusicology, CUNY Graduate Center; B.A., Music and Cross-Cultural Relations, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Rose Ojo-Ajayi, Ph.D.
Faculty in African History and Literature
Ph.D., The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, African Studies; M.A., The School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, African Art History; B.F.A., The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Arts

Celest Woo, Ph.D.
Faculty in Literature
Ph.D., M.A., New York University, English & American Literature; B.A., Pomona College, English Literature. Scholastic areas of specialty include: Shakespeare, British Romanticism, Children’s & Young Adult Literature, and Asian American Literature. 


Our Staff


Vanessa Anderson, PhD
Executive Director
B.A., Yale, French; M.A., NYU, French Studies; Ph.D., Columbia University, Social and Personality Psychology.
Email: vanessa.anderson@hczpromise.org,  vanderson@bec.bard.edu
Phone: (646) 942-8324

Xavier E. Edwards
Director of Student Services and College Transfer Officer
A.A., Bard High School Early College Queens; B.S., Ithaca College, Integrated Marketing Communications; currently pursuing J.D. at New York Law School.
Email: Xavier.edwards@hczpromise.org
Phone: (917) 583-8935