Ph.D. Political Science, Indiana University, 1995
International Relations, International Conflict, Foreign Policy
Dr. Pickering is professor of political science at Kansas State University. He has published articles in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Political ResearchQuarterly, Journal of Peace Research, and International Interactions. He has published a book entitled Britain’s Withdrawal from East of Suez with Macmillan press in Britain and St. Martin’s Press in the US.
He currently serves as editor in chief of the International Studies Association 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 all seven ISA journals, and is associate editor of International Journal of Peace Studies.
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.
His current research focuses on global patterns of military intervention, with particular attention paid to intervention in sub-Saharan Africa. He also is examining domestic inequality and the use of military force abroad, and the relationship between the global arms trade and domestic homicide rates.
He has taught a range of courses on international relations at KSU.