Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Masters of Public Administration
Dr . Briley his Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee
at Knoxville (1994). He attended the University of Alabama and Middle Tennessee State
University as an undergraduate, and earned his B.A at the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville. Dr. Briley teaches a broad range of courses in the department in the area
of American Politics comprised of American Government and Politics, State and Local
Politics, Southern Politics, and the President and Congress. Courses in Public Administration
include Public Administration (undergraduate and graduate level), Public Management
Report, Organizational Theory, Politics and Administration and Urban Government.
In the area of International Affairs, Dr. Briley teaches American Foreign Policy.
He research includes the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement and the North American
Free Trade Agreement. Dr. Briley has presented several papers on this subject at
both state and regional professional associations. He has also presented papers on
presidential elections and the No Child Left Behind law. His book, Career in Crisis: Paul "Bear" Bryant and the 1971 Season of Change published by Mercer University Press in 2006.
He has made several presentations on this book in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and
Kentucky. Dr. Briley has contributed to six books on Bear Bryant and/or the University
of Alabama including The Last Coach by Allen Barra and Turning the Tide by Earl H. Tilford. He also made appearance in documentaries HBO's Breaking the Huddle and Keith Dunnavant's Three Daysat Foster. He is currently in the process of completing his manuscript on Richard M. Nixon's
wilderness period of 1962-1968. He has contributed to two Nixon books by Patrick
J. Buchanan: The Greatest Comeback and Nixon's WhiteHouse Wars.