Division of Social Sciences

Ruth Dresdner

Adjunct Social Studies Faculty

B.A. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania.
An architect in New York City whose work focused on public buildings. Led the
design teams for the NYC Department of Sanitation garage and salt shed at Spring
Street, Battery Park City Parks headquarters, the Hannah Senesh Community Day
School in Carroll Gardens, Montefiore Methadone Clinic in the Bronx, Hell’s
Kitchen Ryan-Chelsea Health clinic, and numerous supportive and affordable
apartment buildings. Interests include sustainable design and construction and the
roles of public architecture.
Email: rdresdner@bhsec.bard.edu

Daniel Freund

Social Studies Faculty
B.A., Reed College; Ph.D., Columbia University. Instructor and Writing Center Fellow at Columbia University, 2001-2007. Academic and research interests include urban, public health; and environmental history. 
E-mail: dfreund@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4082

Michael Lerner

Social Studies Faculty
B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., New York University. Has taught at Barnard College, NYU; New School University; and Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Awards include Best Dissertation in Urban History, Urban History Association. Publications include Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City (2007). Teaching and research interests include 20th-century United States society and politics, American reform movements, popular culture, and U.S.-Pacific relations. 
E-mail: mlerner@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2282

Bruce Matthews

Social Studies Faculty
B.A., University of Virginia; M.A.R in Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity School, magna cum laude; Doctorate in Philosophy, New School University, summa cum laude, winner of Hans Jonas Prize for dissertation. Founding member of the Bard High School Early College Faculty.  Has taught at Bard College as a Faculty Fellow, in Bard’s Clemente Program in New York City, through two Senior Fulbright Faculty Awards, has been Visiting Faculty at The University of Tübingen (2004-5) and The University of Freiburg (2011-12), and was Visiting Scholar in the Humanities Writ Large program at Duke University (2014-15). Field of research is German Idealism and Romanticism, focusing on the work of the philosopher F.W.J. Schelling (1775-1854). Recipient of numerous awards and grants, including two University of Chicago Teaching Awards, four AKC Research Awards and a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Has lectured extensively in the United States and in Europe, as well as in Turkey and India. Recent invited presentations include “Existence as the Inverted Idea, or the Transcendence of Ecstatic Immanence,” (Humboldt University, 2014), “Envisioning the Modern University: Schelling’s Vorlesungen über die Methode des akademischen Studiums” (University of Vienna, 2015); recent publications include “Schelling in the Anthropocene: A New Mythology of Nature,” (Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 2015), “Schelling: A Brief Biographical Sketch of the Odysseus of German Idealism,” in The Palgrave Handbook to German Idealism (2014), and “The New Mythology: Between Romanticism and Humanism,” in The Relevance of Romanticism (Oxford University Press, 2014), and “Rationality’s Demand of its Other: A Comparative Analysis of F.W.J. Schelling’s Unvordenklicheand Huineng‟s Wu-Nien,” (Comparativeand Continental Philosophy, 2012).  Books include the forthcoming intellectual biography, Schelling: Heretic of Modernity (2016), Schelling’s Organic Form of Philosophy: Life as the Schema of Freedom (SUNY 2011), and F.W.J. Schelling’s Berlin Lectures: the Grounding of Positive Philosophy (SUNY Press 2007).
E-mail: bmatthews@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-9479 x4082

Steven V. Mazie

Social Studies Faculty
A.B. (magna cum laude), Harvard College (Government); Ph.D., University of Michigan (Political Science); postgraduate work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Teaching at Bard College (2005, 2011); New York University (2002); and the University of Michigan (1997-99). Honors include American Political Science Association Best Paper Award in Religion and Politics (2003); Charlotte C. Newcombe Fellowship (2000-2001); National Science Foundation research grant (2000); Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship (1993-94); and three awards for teaching excellence. Author of American Justice 2015: The Dramatic Tenth Term of the Roberts Court (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) and Israel’s Higher Law: Religion and Liberal Democracy in the Jewish State (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2006). Academic articles published in Polity, Perspectives on Politics, Field Methods, Theory and Research in Education, Review of Faith and International Affairs and the Law Journal for Social Justice. Supreme Court correspondent for The Economist (2013-present). Op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, SCOTUSblog and Slate; frequent appearances on radio and podcasts including “The Intelligence”, The Economist’s daily podcast and “Checks and Balance”, The Economist’s podcast on American politics. Areas of specialization: political theory and public law.

E-mail: smazie@bhsec.bard.edu

Phone: 212-995-8479 x4082

Petra Riviere

Social Studies Faculty
B.A., Haverford College. M.A., New York University. Education Program Associate, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2001-2006. Member (2003 – 2006) & workshop co-presenter (2006), New York City Museum Educator’s Roundtable. Published articles in The Bronx Museum’s permanent collection catalog, Collection Remixed (2005). Board member, Riverview Lighthouse Charter School (2005 – 2006). NEH Summer Institute participant, 2008 & 2010. Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher Seminar participant, 2009. Taught at Urban Assembly Academy of History & Citizenship for Young Men, an all-boys public high school (2006 – 2011).
E-mail: priviere@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4082

Ashley Rockenbach

Social Studies Faculty
B.A., University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., University of Michigan. Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, 2015-2017. Teaching and research interests include 20th-century African History, refugee studies, and the history of humanitarianism and human rights.

Melissa S. Turoff

Social Studies Faculty
B.A. Vassar College; M.A. University of California, Berkeley; finishing her Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley.  Has been part-time faculty at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study (NYU), at Rutgers University, has taught at LaGuardia Community College and was the Outreach Associate and Guest Lecturer at Columbia University’s South Asia Institute. Her teaching and research interests focus on the history of British Empire, modern South Asia, comparative imperialism in South Asia and the Middle East, and postcolonial theory.
E-mail: mturoff@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4082

Verónica Vallejo

Social Studies Faculty 
B.A., University of Scranton; M.A. Georgetown University; Doctoral Candidate, Georgetown University. Instructor at Georgetown University, 2007-2010. Research interests include the history of Latin America, New Spain in the eighteenth century and the social history of medicine. Member of the American Historical Association, Latin American Studies Association and the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 
E-mail: vvallejo@bhsec.bard.edu
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4081

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