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Meet Brianna Avery
Meet Brianna Avery

Academic Adviser, University Honors College

B.A. in Political Science, Amherst College

M.A. and M.Phil., Political Science, Columbia University

Brianna is the Academic Adviser for the University Honors College; she started at PSU in August 2014.  She loves working with such a diverse, enthusiastic, and motivated cohort of students, and such a dedicated group of colleagues.  Brianna sees advising as a fundamental partnership in which her role is to encourage, empower, challenge, and connect, helping each student become the best possible version of themselves. 

Prior to joining PSU, Brianna lived in New York City, where for 7 years she worked as an Advising Dean for undergraduate students at Columbia University.  In a previous life, Brianna intended to earn a Ph.D. in political science; her graduate studies at Columbia were in the field of international relations and security studies, with a particular focus on nationalist identity. She grew up in Alberta, Canada, went to college in western Massachusetts, studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden and Taipei, Taiwan, and taught English in Beidaihe, China. She thinks Portland is the best of all possible places (for her, and her family, right now).

Brianna and her husband have two children, a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old girl.  In her spare time, Brianna loves to hike and run, rock climb, bike, cook, eat, explore new places, and meet new people.