Kevin J. McNamara is the Managing Director of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. A non-profit executive for more than 30 years, McNamara started his career in 1988 as Assistant Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), Philadelphia, PA, and as 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 in 2021. In between, he served four years as Vice President of the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia.
McNamara’s narrative 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 a new exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, IA, and prompted the U.S. State Department to host a speaking tour by the author across five cities in the Czech and Slovak republics. In 2020, the book was published in Czech and Slovak translations by Slovart Publishing Ltd., Prague and Bratislava.