Pickering, Mary B

Professor of History


Preferred: mary.pickering@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5516

Office Hours

Wednesday, 1:30-3:30


Ph.D., Harvard University, History, June 1988

Dissertation: "Auguste Comte: His Life and Works (1798-1842)" Advisor: Professor Donald Fleming

D. E. A. - Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (French equivalent to A.B.D.) -  Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Paris), Cycle Supérieur d'Histoire du XXe Siècle, December 1984

Dissertation: "Auguste Comte et John Stuart Mill: L'Histoire d'une rencontre" Advisor: Professor René Rémond.

A.M., Harvard University, History, June 1976

A.B., Harvard University, History, June 1975



A native of San Francisco, Dr. Pickering earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 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. In 2010, she received the College of Social Sciences Austen D. Warburton Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement and the President's Scholar Award. In May 2013, she was named one of “Top 20 Women Professors in California” by StateStats.org.