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Pickering, Mary B.

Professor,  History

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Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-5516

Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 pm, DMH 218



  • Doctor of Philosophy. Harvard Univ, 1988
  • DiplĂ´me d'Etudes Approfondies , History
    Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), France, 1984
  • Master of Arts, History
    Harvard Univ, Massachusetts, United States, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts, History
    Harvard Univ, Massachusetts, United States, 1975


A native of San Francisco, Dr. Pickering earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. In addition, she has an advanced graduate degree (D.E.A.) in history from Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Science Po) in Paris. Her research interests revolve around modern European intellectual, cultural, and social history and European women's history. Her articles have appeared in French Historical Studies, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Women's History, Historical Reflections, Revue internationale de philosophie, and Revue philosophique. She has also written a three-volume biography of the nineteenth-century French philosopher Auguste Comte, which was published by Cambridge University Press. She received an NEH grant in 1991 in support of this project. Volumes two and three were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the History of Science Society's Pfizer Prize.