Brian Bernhardt

Brian Bernhardt

Associate Professor of Politics & Government


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


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.