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Political Science Program

School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies

Dr. Brent Pickett

Professor, UW/CC Center · American Politics, Comparative Politics, Ancient & Modern Political Philosophy

Ph.D. - University of Colorado, Boulder

Office Hours: TR, 1-2:30 · Curriculum Vitae


Brent Pickett was born in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up on a farm outside of the small town of Douglass in south central Kansas. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Wichita State University. He then went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science. His area of emphasis was in political philosophy, especially modern and contemporary European political thought.

After a brief post-doctoral fellowship at CU, Boulder, Brent went to Chadron State College in Nebraska. He stayed there for nine years, during which he also served for a time as department chairperson and as the director of its honors program.

Brent joined UW in 2005. He served as an associate dean in the Outreach School and as the director of the University of Wyoming at Casper, UW’s sole branch campus, for nine years. He enjoys being back in a faculty role. He has published in the areas of postmodernism and civic republicanism. His current research focuses on questions of paternalism, especially on justifications for state action to prevent self-harm and improve long-term well being. He has also served as a visiting professor at Shanghai University and Ludwigsburg University in Germany.

Little Known Facts About Brent

•  While in high school he founded a juggling group and worked as a semi-professional juggler while in college.

•  He catches at least one trout every month of the year on a fly rod. He's done that since February of 1997.

•  He thinks that reading the Federalist Papers is fun.

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