Brianna Avery

Kvinneakt - Norman Taylor

Brianna Avery, M.Phil

Honors College Academic Adviser
Office: UH 201  |  Ph: 503.725.9857  | Email:
B.A., Political Science - Amherst College, 1998
M.Phil, Political Science - Columbia University, 2003
On the PSU Faculty since 2014

Advising appointments available every day:

Brianna Avery is the academic adviser for the University Honors College at PSU, working with Honors students in all aspects of academic and life planning. She sees academic advising as a partnership in which her role is to encourage, empower, challenge, and connect, helping students articulate and achieve their goals in college and beyond. She provides information and guidance to prospective first year and transfer students, helps current students create academic plans, connects students with resources and scholarships, and provides a sounding board to students as they plan for graduation and life after college.

She also serves as the campus representative for all PSU students who are applying for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Goldwater Scholarships. As of 2018-19, she will join PSU's Academic Advising Council.     
Brianna graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a major in political science; at Amherst, she was a varsity athlete and a resident assistant. Her graduate work was in the department of political science at Columbia University, where her research interests included international relations, nationalist and ethnic conflict, the causes of war, and East Asian security. She studied and worked abroad in Taiwan and China and was planning a dissertation that investigated the idea of the homeland in nationalist rhetoric and its connection to war. 

From 2005-2012, Brianna was an Advising Dean for undergraduate students at Columbia University. Her purview included general academic advising, new student orientation, publications, as well as pre-health and pre-law advising in the application year. She previously worked as an assistant editor at Foreign Affairs, a journal of international studies published by the Council on Foreign Relations, and as the program coordinator for a graduate-level workshop on military operations and strategy.

Brianna lives in Portland with her husband, an attorney, and her two school-aged children. She loves to go hiking and camping, to rock climb and take dance classes, and to cook, bake, and eat all kinds of food.