Dr. Brian Bulla

Dr. Brian Bulla joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 2016. He earned a Master of Public Administration, a Master of International Studies, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Administration all from North Carolina State University. As a policy scientist, his teaching and research focus on policy process, adaptation to climate change, as well as research design and methods. He is a former operations manager with experience coordinating and evaluating programs, projects, and personnel. Dr. Bulla worked on a project while at NCSU assisting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in developing their official climate change adaptation policy. He has led research projects examining the willingness of NC coastal officials to adapt to climate change and a phenomenological study with farmers in central NC. Dr. Bulla completed a post-doctoral research assistantship at Purdue University where he worked with The Nature Conservancy to evaluate policy innovations designed to improve water quality. Current research projects expand his study of climate change to include vulnerability and adaptive decision-making in the High Country. Dr. Bulla’s most recent work is published in Ocean and Coastal Management and Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Areas of Expertise & Interest:

• Adaptation to Climate Change
• Environmental Policy and Adaptive Governance
• Research Methodology
• Public Management and Policy Process


• Ph.D., North Carolina State University
• M.P.A., North Carolina State University 
• M.I.S., North Carolina State University 
• B.A., Mars Hill College

Courses Taught:

  • Undergraduate:
    • Introduction to Public Administration 
    • Public Policy Analysis 
  • Graduate:
    • Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation 
    • Readings and Research on Environmental Policy (dual listed course)
Title: Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6916

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
352P Anne Belk Hall


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