Brian Bernhardt, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Politics & Government

B.A., James Madison University, Political Science and Philosophy, 2005
M.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Political Science, 2010
Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Political Science, 2014
Office Location
Kelley Hall 205


Classes Taught

  • 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.