Faculty

Current Faculty


Aaron Bashline
Faculty in Social Studies
BA, Millersville University

Ronnie Brown
Faculty in Mathematics 
BS, Morgan State University; MS, Johns Hopkins University
Native of Baltimore, Maryland. Elementary and secondary education was through the Baltimore City public school system. He attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and later moved on to Morgan State University and The Johns Hopkins University. His academic background is in Industrial Engineering, Environmental Science, and Civil/Environmental Engineering (STEM Education focus). Current research is in culturally responsive teaching in mathematics & engineering and meaningful outreach design for pre-mathematics & engineering students. 

Helene Coccagna
Faculty in Literature
BA, Bryn Mawr College; PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Saul Cohen
Faculty in History
BA, Queens College, CUNY; JD, Northeastern University School of Law

Benjamin Craig
Assistant Dean of Academic Life; Faculty in Literature
BA, Sonoma State University; MA, Texas A&M University; PhD, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Matt Croson
Dean of Studies; Faculty in History
BA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Design, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

Christian Czaniecki
Faculty in Literature
BA, West Virginia University; MFA, Queens University of Charlotte

Arya Espahbodi
Faculty in Mathematics
BA, BS, College of William and Mary; MEd, Lesley University

Matthew Flaherty
Faculty in Literature
BA, University of Minnesota; PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Flaherty came to Bard after graduating with a PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. He is currently at work on a book manuscript titled, Many-Sided Lives: Liberal Judgment and the Realist Novel, which argues that Victorian novelists used secondary characters to help readers appreciate the merit of conflicting opinions.
Publication links:
A Canon for Postcritical Literary Studies [forthcoming, link not yet available]
Post-Critical Reading and the New Hegelianism
Henry James at the Ethical Turn

Francesca Gamber
Principal; Faculty in History
BA, Harvard University; PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Elisabeth Gambino 
Faculty in Visual Arts 
BA, Hampshire College; MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Professional Teaching Certificate, Johns Hopkins University
She has previously taught Drawing and Painting, Art and Anatomy, and Isssues in Contemporary ARt at Bard as well as serving as a mentor teacher 2015-2018 and Bard Early College Fellow 2016-2018. She is away from Bard this year conducting sabbatical research on art and exploration. She is currently en route to Quito, participating in a group Fulbright project: Ecuador, Culture and Biodiversity, which will be published on National Geographic’s Open Explorer platform. She will be training teachers in arts integration technique at Coppin State in August for Maryland Center for Creative Classrooms.  She will be participating in a related curriculum development project on biodiversity in Madagascar in September, and will return to the studio for art and writing time before participating in artistic research in yet-to-be-determined locations this spring.  Possible digital storytelling curriculum project with explorer Felipe DeAndrade and teachers in Costa Rica as well but still in planning stages. Likely to be offline when travelling to remote locations in Ecuador and Madagascar.
Teachpeaceblog.wordpress.com / Landandstory.wordpress.com / @landandstory / www.elisabethgambino.com

Kenneth Jarrett Goisovich
Physical Education & Health Teacher, Basketball and Volleyball coach, and Athletic Director
BA, Kutztown University; MS, Johns Hopkins University

David Guba
Faculty in History
BA, Bucknell University; MA, Villanova University; PhD, Temple University

Adam Hansell
Faculty in Physics
BS, Lebanon Valley College; MS, Lehigh University; PhD, Temple University.

Sean Kennedy
Faculty in History
BA, MA, Washington College

Richard Kurker
Faculty in Biology
BS, Providence College; PhD, University of Notre Dame
(Dr.) Richard Kurker, Jr., is a biochemist who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Writing Minor from Providence College (Liberal Arts Honors Program) in Providence, RI. He earned his doctorate in Biochemistry with a specialization in protein biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, working with the bacterial oxygen-producing protein chlorite dismutase. Since completing his terminal degree, he has taught chemistry, biology, and graduate biochemistry at Manchester Community College, Quinnipiac University, and the University of Baltimore. He has also tutored online in chemistry and writing, as well as at a high school in the English Language Learner (ELL) program. In addition, he completed a postdoc at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), working on the virology and vaccine development of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV).

Daniel Levine
Faculty in History
BA, McGill University; MPP, University of Maryland, College Park; PhD, Georgetown University

Xinxuan Li
Faculty in Mathematics
BS, BMS, Taiyuan University of Technology; MS, University of West Florida; PhD candidate, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Rushie McLeod
Faculty in Literature
BA, University of California Los Angeles; MA, Southern New Hampshire University

Andrew McKelvy
Faculty in Spanish Language and Literature
BA, Grove City College; MA, Kent State University; PhD, American University
I started teaching at Bard in 2016, but I have been interested in languages and government since I was a kid in the 1990s. This pretty much explains why I teach what I teach: Spanish and political science, the former for 9th graders and the latter for Year 1s and Years 2s. I earned a bachelor’s degree in both subjects (as well as French) from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. I then got a master’s in Spanish translation from Kent State University in Ohio, and, eventually, I finished my Ph.D. in political science from American University in Washington, DC.

Chelsea Nakabayashi
Faculty in Chinese
BA, University of Wisconsin Madison; MA, Johns Hopkins University; MA, University of Massachusetts Amherst; PhD, Beijing Normal University

Patrick Oray
Assistant Dean of Academic Life; Faculty in Literature
BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA, PhD, University of Iowa
Dr. Patrick Brenus Oray, Jr., received his B.A. in English from the University of Illinois (1995) and his PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa (2013). As Faculty in Literature at BHSEC–Baltimore, Dr. Oray teaches Literature of the Americas (9th Grade), First Year Seminar (Year 1) and an elective course on Theories of Social Justice and Civic Engagement. In past years he has also taught electives in play writing and historical fiction. 

Jeffrey Peters
Faculty in Literature
BA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; MA, St. John’s College; MAT, Towson University; PhD, Catholic University of America

Laura M. Quijano
Faculty in Spanish 
BA, University of Mary Washington; MA, University of Maryland, College Park

Jake Schmitt
Special Educator
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design; MEd, Towson University

Tariq Shaheed
Faculty in Mathematics
BA, MAT, Morgan State University

Catherine VanNetta
Faculty in Mathematics
BS, MEd, Towson University; PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

Christine Winkler
Faculty in Chemistry
BA, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Matthew Woodle
Faculty in Technology and Design
BA, Savannah College of Art and Design; AAS, ITT Technical Institute; MA, Savannah College of Art and Design

Richard Zarou
Faculty in Music
BA, Shenandoah University; MA, PhD, Florida State University
Richard Zarou, a native of Centreville, Virginia, is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music and the Instructor of Music at Bard High School Early College.  His education includes Doctoral and Master’s degrees in composition and theory from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in composition from Shenandoah University.  His works have been performed at festivals such as Electronic Music Midwest, The Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, The Imagine2 Electro-Acoustic Festival, The College Music Society National Conference and international in the Czech Republic and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the United Kingdom.  His awards include the New Music @ East Carolina University Competition in 2002 for Fragile Wraths and again in 2003 for Upon a Child.  A lullaby for women’s chorus, Upon a Child has been performed frequently since its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2002.  In 2005, The Smell of Wet Dogs After a Summertime Rain, for bass trombone and CD, was commissioned by Aaron Misenheimer who performed the composition at thirteen universities and recorded the piece as the title work for a commercial CD.  Zarou has also composed the music for 12 films including the feature-length documentary Breaking the Silence: Torture Survivors Speak Out.  Currently, Zarou is the host of the weekly podcast No Extra Notes which features up-and-coming composers. www.richardzarou.com