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Ian Bickford Faculty Bio

Provost Ian Bickford

Associate Professor of Literature

Provost and Vice President


Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Languages and Literature, Literary Studies

Areas of Specialization

  • Early modern literature
  • Milton
  • 19-century American literature
  • Film studies


PhD, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
MA, Stanford University
BA, University of California, Berkeley
AA, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Ian Bickford was appointed Provost and Vice President of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in January 2016 as the first alumnus to serve in this role. A specialist in Early Modern literature, he began his professional affiliation with Bard in 2007 as a member of the faculty, first at Simon’s Rock, and then at the Bard High School Early College in Queens, New York, and he has since participated in the establishment of new Bard early college programs in Baltimore and Harlem. Prior to becoming provost, Dr. Bickford served as the founding Dean of Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, as well as Dean of the Bard Early Colleges, providing academic support and guidance to Bard’s public early college network. In recent articles in Milton Studies (“A High Shelf: Milton and Seventh-day Adventism,” 2010, and “'Awful Doubt': Milton and Darwin in the Land of Fire,” forthcoming 2017) and Modern Philology (“‘Dead Might Not Be Dead’: Milton in the Americas and Jamaica Kincaid’s Flat World,” 2014), he charts the often subterranean channels of John Milton’s influence in the Americas. His areas of research and teaching also include Early Modern race and gender, 19th-century American literature and religion, and film.