Bill Dudley retired as Director of the U.S. Naval Historical Center (now Naval History and Heritage Command) in 2004 and currently works as a Maritime Heritage Consultant based in Easton, Maryland. He is an Historical Advisor to the Annapolis Maritime Museum, is a former Chairman of the Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society, and was for ten years an appointed member of the Maryland Advisory Committee on Archaeology. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Naval Historical Foundation, a Trustee of the National Maritime Historical Society, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
The Naval War of 1812: America's Second War of Independence, is Dudley's most recent publication, co-authored with Scott Harmon, Director of the Naval Academy Museum, and published by the U.S Naval Academy in 2013. This book is a combination history and catalog of the War of 1812 exhibit entitled "Seas, Lakes, and Bay" that opened in March 2013 at the USNA Museum. This book is lavishly illustrated with images of the paintings, documents, and artifacts from the collections of William I. Koch and the Naval Academy Museum.
It follows Maritime Maryland in which Dudley creates a vivid picture of Maryland's nautical past in its broadest scope, exploring the complex and nuanced interactions of humans, land, and water through descriptions of shipbuilding, steam technology, agricultural pollution, commercial and passenger transportation, naval campaigns, watermen, crabbing and oystering.
Dr. Dudley provides expert guidance, writing and research in areas of naval and maritime history and heritage.
Recent projects include: museum oversight, management consultant, committee leadership, strategic planning, historical research, manuscript review and editing, and public speaking.