Howard Pickett Associate Professor of Ethics and Poverty Studies, and Director of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, and Adjunct Professor of Law

Howard Pickett
Curriculum Vitae

As Director of the Shepherd Program, Professor Pickett works with affiliated faculty, staff, community partners, and alumni to provide students with the understanding and skills needed to address the pressing moral and social problems associated with poverty. In addition to directing the program’s co-curricular offerings, he also teaches the introductory, fieldwork, and capstone courses in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. Professor Pickett received his BA in Religious Studies and Classics from Millsaps College and his PhD in Religious Studies from The University of Virginia. Before joining the Shepherd Program in 2011, he taught courses in business ethics and modern religious thought at The University of Virginia.


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, The University of Virginia

M.A. in Religious Studies, The University of Virginia

B.A. in Religious Studies and Classics, Millsaps College (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


Ethics, poverty, distributive justice, modern religious thought, philosophical and religious anthropology, the ethics of imitation, sincerity, the role of religion in private and public ethics


POV 101 - Poverty and Human Capability: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

POV 102 - Fieldwork in Poverty and Human Capability

POV 423 - Poverty and Human Capability: A Research Seminar