Jonathan Becker is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson New York, where he is an Associate Professor of Political Studies and co-Director of the Global and International Studies Program. As Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, he works to develop educational and co-curricular engagement opportunities that enhance learning and promote critical engagement consistent with Bard's mission as a private institution acting in the public interest. His scope of work includes academic oversight of the Bard High School Early Colleges; the Bard Prison Initiative; the Clemente Course in the Humanities; and Bard's international dual-degree partnerships with the American University of Central Asia, Al-Quds University, Bard College Berlin; and St. Petersburg University.
Dr. Becker earned his B. A. from McGill University in 1987 and his Ph. D. from St. Antony's College, Oxford in 1993. He is the author of Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States: Press, Politics and Identity in Transition (1999; revised and expanded edition, 2002) and articles and chapters in a variety of publications, including European Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communications Quarterly, Demokratiizatsiya, and The Globalist, among others. He recently served as a guest editor for an issue of the journal Educational Studies (Voprosy Obarzovaniya) in Moscow devoted to Liberal Arts and Sciences Education.