Robert E. Dickens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Emeritus
Robert Dickens


Robert E. Dickens, associate professor of political science and emeritus director of governmental relations at the University of Nevada, Reno, served as the University's federal and state relations specialist for more than 30 years. In that capacity, he worked closely with Nevada's elected Board of Regents, system campuses, many institutional presidents and their administrations comprising the Nevada System of Higher Education, one of the most rapidly growing higher education systems in the United States.

Dickens earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. In 1999, Dickens attended and graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. His external relations experience ranges from federal and state authorizations and appropriations to matters dealing with the NCAA, economic development, research stimulation, medical research and education, as well as veteran student affairs.

He now teaches American government, including American politics and public policy, legislative process and Nevada politics. His publications and conference activities range from public land and water policy to nuclear waste disposal and the civic engagement of university research specialists in the policy-making process.

Courses taught

  • American politics
  • Public policy
  • Land and water politics and policy
  • Legislative process
  • Nevada politics
  • Intergovernmental relations


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1978
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Reno, 1973
  • B.A., University of Nevada, 1969