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CDR Russell E. Bowman
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Humanities Department
15 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444‐8381
CDR Russell E. Bowman, J.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Government Section
Department of Humanities
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Commander Bowman joined the Academy’s faculty in July of 2009, after having served as a legal advisor to Coast Guard operational commanders throughout New England on a wide variety of issues, including: homeland security, maritime law enforcement, environmental protection and compliance, administrative law, and military justice. In that capacity, Commander Bowman prosecuted courts-martial as trial counsel, and assisted the Department of Justice in prosecuting Coast Guard-initiated criminal cases, including as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. 

In the summer of 2010, Commander Bowman deployed as a legal advisor to the National Incident Command for the government-wide response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He returned to the Academy for the Fall 2010 semester and assumed duties and responsibilities as Chief of the Law Section. Subsequently selected to serve as a member of the Academy’s Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff in 2012, Commander Bowman transitioned to the Government, History, and Ethics Section where he teaches courses in the Politics, Policy, and Law concentration of the Academy's Government Major. He was appointed to serve as Chief of the Government Section in the Fall of 2015. 

Commander Bowman’s research interests include environmental response and disaster preparedness policy. In conjunction therewith, he recently earned a Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University, in Boston. His dissertation focuses on the use of “resilience" as a policy construct for improving critical infrastructure, disaster response, and homeland security more broadly. 

Operationally, Commander Bowman served as a Marine Casualty Investigator, and as the Assistant Supervisor of Port Safety and Security for Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, the parent command for Coast Guard operations on the Upper Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Commander Bowman also served for two years aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Red Birch (WLM 687) as its Operations Officer. 

  • Ph.D., Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University, May 2016
  • Judge Advocate certification, U.S. Naval Justice School, October 2005
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Maryland School of Law, May 2005
  • B.S., Marine and Environmental Science with High Honors, U. S. Coast Guard Academy, May 1996

Courses Taught:
  • American Government
  • Criminal Justice
  • History of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Maritime Law Enforcement
  • Presidential/Executive Policymaking
  • Public Policymaking
  • Rhetoric and Courtroom Advocacy

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • Presenter, “Addressing the Triple Threat to National And Homeland Security: Strengthening Critical Infrastructure Resilience.” Lightship Lecture Series. Brooklyn, NY (September 2016)
  • Panel Presenter, “Lessons from a Cross-Case Analysis and Synthesis of DHS’s Regional Resiliency Assessment Program.” Resilience Week – 3rd National Symposium on Resilient Critical Infrastructure. Chicago, IL. (August 2016)
  • Strengthening Critical Infrastructure Resilience by Identifying and Redressing Recurring Gaps and Systemic Barriers: Lessons from a Cross-Case Analysis and Synthesis of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Regional Resiliency Assessment Program, Doctoral Dissertation (March 2016)
  • Focusing the Lessons of Disaster Through the Lens of Resilience: A Case for More Case Studies. Resilience Week - National Symposium on Resilient Critical Infrastructure. Denver, CO. (August 2014)
  • Presenter, "The Triple Threat (to Homeland and National Security): Sea Level Rise, Extreme Storms, and Aging Infrastructure." National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure Summit. New York, NY. (May 2014)
  • Conference Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, “Leadership for the Arctic,” an inter-disciplinary Academic Conference co-sponsored by the Law of the Sea Institute and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (April 2012)
  • Lecturer/facilitator, “Legal Aspects of Border and Maritime Security,” Defense Institute of International Legal Studies-sponsored seminar in Baku, Azerbaijan (April 2009)
  • Presenter, “Recent Developments in Environmental Crimes Prosecutions,” Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Maritime Education Summit (April 2009)
  • Global Cornerstones for Environmental Recovery in Iraq: a Comparative Law and Policy Analysis of Lessons in Environmental Response and Remediation, New York University Environmental Law Journal (2005)

  • Two Department of Justice Certificates of Commendation
  • William Strobel Thomas Prize
  • Military awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal

Professional Memberships:
  • Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Maryland Bar