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Newman Bruce Pickering

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. N. Bruce Pickering works with a wide range of organizations on international policy and development. Currently, he works with a consortium of four UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Riverside) on improving productivity and decreasing income inequality in the inland regions of California, using potential models derived from Japan, Denmark and Israel. He is also an adjunct professor teaching Political Economy of the Asia Pacific at the University of San Francisco and the North American Executive Secretary for the Greater Bay Area Initiative, a joint platform sponsored by Harvard University, the Central Party School of the People’s Republic in Beijing, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Prior to his current positions, Pickering was Senior Policy Advisor at GlobalSF, an international business development organization closely associated with the City of San Francisco and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In this capacity, he managed a major initiative with local, state and national policy figures designed to anticipate the future of the post-Covid economy and its impact on the State of California. 

From 2019 – 2021, Dr Pickering was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, working with the Future of Work program, an integral part of the the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE). He worked with the BRIE leadership as it addresses the relationship between technology, the international economy, and the future of work and prosperity. 

Prior to his work at BRIE, Pickering was the Vice President for Global Programs and Executive Director, Northern California, for the Asia Society. In that capacity he grew the organization’s footprint both domestically and internationally, particularly in the areas of international trade and finance, sustainability, arts and culture and political economy. He has an extensive Non-Profit background and has also served as a Foreign Service Officer specializing in arms control issues.


  • Asia Pacific political economy
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • US political system

Research Areas

  • China's economy and foreign affairs
  • US political system
  • Modern US history
  • Modern European history
  • Global bay regions


  • Academic Coordinator, University of California Inland California Project
  • Executive Director, Greater Bay Areas Initiative
  • Board, Gamelan Sekar Jaya
  • Board, Climate Music Project


  • UC Berkeley, PhD in History, 1998
  • Stanford University, MA in Political Science, 1988
  • UC Berkeley, AB in Political Science, 1979

Prior Experience

  • Vice President, Global Programs, The Asia Society
  • Executive Director, Asia Society Northern California
  • Director of Programs, World Affairs Council
  • Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State

Selected Publications

  • Passage through Armageddon: Nuclear Weapons and American Foreign Policy, 1949-1956 (Dissertation)
  • The Belt Road Initiative and its implications for China's foreign relations