Kevin J. McNamara is the Managing Director of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. McNamara started his non-profit career in 1988 as Assistant Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), Philadelphia, PA, and contributing editor of its quarterly journal of world affairs, Orbis. He continues to serve as an Associate Scholar of FPRI. He served for almost two decades at Drexel University, starting in 1998 as Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations and concluding his tenure as Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.
McNamara’s history of the dramatic events of war and revolution that demolished the Austro-Hungarian Empire and led specifically to the founding of Czecho-Slovakia in 1918, Dreams of a Great Small Nation (New York: Public Affairs, 2016), was reviewed with high praise in the United States and Europe, inspired an exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and prompted the U.S. State Department to host a speaking tour across the Czech and Slovak republics. In 2020, the book was published in Czech and Slovak translations by Slovart Publishing Ltd.