Ph.D. Political Science, Indiana University
International Relations, International Conflict, Foreign Policy
Dr. Pickering is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Program in Security Studies. He has published articles in leading outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, and International Interactions. His first book, Britain’s Withdrawal from East of Suez, was published by Macmillan press in Britain and St. Martin’s Press in the US. His most recent book, entitled African Interventions: State Militaries, Foreign Powers, and Rebel Forces, was published by Cambridge University Press. It is co-authored with Emizet Kisangani.
He currently serves as editor in chief of the International Studies Association (ISA) journal International Interactions, and previously served as a co-editor of the ISA journal Foreign Policy Analysis. He has served on the editorial boards of Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, and other journals.
In 2019, he received the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award from the Midwest region of the ISA. The Wright Award is a career recognition, given to scholars with exceptional records of scholarship in international relations and service to the ISA. He was also recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, in 2019. His success in the classroom has been recognized with the Commerce Bank and Stamey Awards for outstanding undergraduate instruction at KSU.
He served two five-year terms as head of the political science department, for which he was honored with KSU’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head. He is the only department head from political science to receive such recognition to date. His dissertation, on postwar British foreign policy toward the east of Suez area, received the Samuel H. Beer Award from the British Politics Group.
Pickering teaches courses for KSU undergraduate students, graduate students, and officers and faculty at the U.S Army’s Command and General Staff College enrolled in Kansas State’s Security Studies program. Four of his PhD advisees have served as faculty at the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies. His PhD students have also taught in the Cyber Security Program at James Madison University, the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence at Mercyhurst University, and in the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State University.
His current research focuses on global patterns of military intervention and other coercive foreign policies. He also is examining domestic inequality and the use of military force abroad, the relationship between intervention and government stability, interstate cyber incidents, and the impact that political leaders have on intervention patterns.