Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Masters of Public Administration
Dr . Briley earned his B.A., the Master of Public Administration and the Ph.D. from
the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1994). He also attended the University of
Alabama and Middle Tennessee State University as an undergraduate. He teaches a broad
range of U.S. politics courses, including Southern Politics, The Presidency, Congress
and Public Policy, State and Local Government, Urban Government and Public Administration.
In addition, he regularly teaches the Department's two introductory courses, Political
Life and Introduction to American Government. He has done research on the politics
of the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA) and has delivered papers at state and regional professional associations.
One of his recent research projects concerns the politics of the "No Child Left Behind
Act." He has a book published by Mercer University Press entitled "Career in Crisis:
Paul "Bear" Bryant and the 1971 Season of Change" . Dr. Briley has also served as
a political analyst for the local CBS-affiliated television station.