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CAPT Russell E. Bowman, J.D., Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Academic Administration Government, Professor of Law and Public Policy Department of Government
RBowman Captain 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, Captain 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, Captain 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 Faculty. Subsequently selected to serve as a member of the Academy’s Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff in 2012, Captain Bowman transitioned to the Government, History, and Ethics Section where he continues to teach courses in the Politics, Policy, and Law concentration of the Academy’s Government Major. CAPT Bowman served as Chief of the Government Section and Program Chair for the major from 2015 until 2019, and as the Academy’s Senior Associate Dean from 2019 to 2021. With the hiring of the Academy’s first Provost and Chief Academic Officer, in August of 2021 he assumed new duties and responsibilities as Vice Provost for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff to the Provost. Captain Bowman’s research interests include the use of “resilience” as a construct for improving critical infrastructure, environmental and all-hazards response, as well as homeland security more broadly. Operationally, Captain Bowman served as a Marine Casualty Investigator, and as the Assistant Supervisor of Port Safety and Security for Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, the parent command for Coast Guard operations on the Upper Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Captain 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, 2016
  • J.D., University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, 2005
  • B.S., Marine and Environmental Sciences, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1996

Courses Taught

  • American Government
  • American Presidential Policy
  • Constitutional Law & Homeland Security
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Policy and Ethics
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Maritime Law Enforcement
  • Public Policymaking
  • Rhetoric and Courtroom Advocacy
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • U.S. Coast Guard History

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Conceptualizing Maritime Governance: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern Maritime Environment,” co-authored with Dr. Tiffany Smythe, Proceedings of the Marine Safety and Security Council 77, no. 2 (Fall 2019):6-13.
  • “Leveraging Government Resiliency Assessments and Related Reports,” in Handbook on Resilience of Socio-technical Systems, edited by Matthias Ruth and Stefan G Reisemann. Camberley, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing. (2019)
  • 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 – Third 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. (April 2016)
  • Invited Presenter, “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)
  • Invited 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 Presenter, “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)
  • “Global Cornerstones for Environmental Recovery in Iraq: a Comparative Law and Policy Analysis of Lessons in Environmental Response and Remediation,” 13 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 379, 501-560 (2005)


  • U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Commendation (2)
  • 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

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