After receiving his PhD in political science from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, Bach held postdoctoral positions at Harvard and Columbia Universities before joining The New School, where he has taught since 2002. There he served as the founding chair of the Global Studies Program and as associate director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs. He is a faculty affiliate in the New School Department of Anthropology.
He has held visiting positions at Brown and Columbia Universities, the Center for Literature and Cultural Studies in Berlin, and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies in Hamburg, and been a visitor at the Humboldt University’s Institute for European Ethnology. He has received grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Fulbright, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Bach is an active member of the memory studies community, having served on the inaugural Executive Committee of the Memory Studies Association. He serves on the editorial boards of German Politics and Society and Sociologica. He is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University’s Center on Organizational Innovation, an Associate Member of the Humboldt University’s Center for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage.