Brian McNamara

Brian McNamara

School of Professional Advancement

Associate Program Director, Professor of Practice, Public Administration


Education & Affiliations

  • PhD, Public Administration and Policy, Old Dominion University
  • JD, William & Mary School of Law
  • LLM, Admiralty, Tulane Law School
  • MPA, Old Dominion University
  • BS, Government, U.S. Coast Guard Academy


Dr. Brian McNamara joined the School of Professional Advancement after 25 years of active duty service with the U.S. Coast Guard. In his legal tours, Brian served as the chief of the service’s marine safety law practice group, deputy counsel for regional operations along the Gulf Coast and Western Rivers, and attorney-advisor for the Marine Casualty Investigations National Center of Expertise. Based on his military criminal law experience, the Judge Advocate General appointed Brian to the bench as a collateral duty court-martial judge from 2017-2020.

Brian developed his passion for teaching as an instructor with the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement School and began his career as a Deck Watch Officer for a Coast Guard cutter conducting North Atlantic fisheries patrols and Caribbean counter-narcotics operations. He finished his career as the Logistics Department Head and Commanding Officer of Military Personnel for Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, where he led the teams providing personnel, budget, weapons, and engineering support for all service operations in Southeast Louisiana. He has taught law as an adjunct professor for Tulane Law School and Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

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Courses Taught

  • MPAD 6000 Public Policy Foundations
  • MPAD 6100 Technology and Civic Sector Leadership
  • MPAD 6120 Public Organizational Leadership, Cross-Sector Partnerships, and Stakeholder Engagement
  • MPAD 7300 Elements of Economic Development
  • MPAD 7900 Capstone
  • MPAD 7910 Special Topics: Law & Public Administration

Professional Experience

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Stetson University College of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Public Policy
  • Public Sector Leadership & Management
  • Administrative Law
  • Maritime Law & Policy
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration

Awards & Honors

  • 2023 Distinguished Faculty Award