Brian Bernhardt

Brian Bernhardt
Assistant Professor of Politics and Government
B.A., James Madison University
M.A., University Colorado at Boulder
Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
(970) 943-3025
Office Location: 
Kelley 205
Behavioral & Social Sciences Department
Honors Department
Academic Program: 
Global Studies
Honors Program
Latin American Studies
Politics & Government

Classes Taught at Western:

  • HWTR 100: Local Food in the Gunnison Valley
  • POLS 117: Introduction to Political Ideas
  • POLS 180: Introduction to American Politics
  • POLS 250: Politics of the Environment
  • POLS 255: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 300: Constitutional Law I
  • POLS 310: Political Theory II - Late Modern and Contemporary
  • POLS 340: Politics of Social Movements
  • POLS 370: Political Economy
  • POLS 376: American Political Thought
  • POLS 485: Studies in Political Theory - Democracy and the State

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Anti-Authoritarian Social Movements
  • Democratic Theory and Practice
  • Environmental Politics, Extractive Industries, and Food Systems
  • The Political Economy of Capitalism, Neoliberalism, and Globalization
  • The State and the Politics of Non-State Peoples

About Me:

Working at Western is a dream come true and I am thrilled to call this beautiful area home!  You’ll often find me exploring the Gunnison Country’s vast public lands on foot, bike, or skis – frequently with my dogs running along.

I am also a devoted short-season vegetable gardener and passionate about cooking with locally-sourced ingredients.   One of my great joys in life is spending hours in the kitchen, turning home-grown food into a rich – and, inevitably, really spicy – home-cooked meal.


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