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- Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Cambridge, MA 02138
Arnold M. Howitt is Executive Director of the
Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at
HKS, with responsibility for its executive education and research
programs. He also co-directs the Program on Crisis Leadership,
jointly sponsored by the Ash Center and the Taubman Center for
State and Local Government.
As a faculty member, Dr. Howitt works extensively in executive
education for senior officials. He chairs or co-chairs Leadership
in Crises, Leadership for New State Health Directors, and
co-founded and has taught in Crisis Leadership for Higher Education
and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He has also
been deeply involved in executive education programs for China,
serving as faculty chair of China Crisis Management and co-chair of
the Shanghai Executive Public Management and China's Leaders in
Dr. Howitt's research focuses on public management and
intergovernmental policy implementation, particularly emergency
preparedness and disaster management. He has conducted research or
consulted for public agencies at the federal, state, and local
levels, as well as lecturing widely on these subjects. He has
served on a number of national and state advisory panels.
Among other writing, Dr. Howitt is co-author/editor of
Public Health Preparedness (forthcoming), Managing
Crises: Responding to Large-Scale Emergencies (2009),
Countering Terrorism: Dimensions of Preparedness (2003),
and Perspectives on Management Capacity Building (1986),
and author of Managing Federalism: Studies in Intergovernmental
At HKS, he was Executive Director of the Taubman Center for
State and Local Government prior to joining the Ash Center. He
received his BA from Columbia University and MA and PhD in
political science from Harvard University.
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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.
Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Leonard, Herman B., and Arnold Howitt. "Katrina as Prelude:
Preparing for and Responding to Katrina-Class Disturbances in the
United States--Testimony to U.S. Senate Committee, March 8, 2006."
Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 3.2
- Book Chapters
Leonard, Herman B., and Arnold Howitt. “Against Desperate Peril:
High Performance in Emergency Preparation and Response."
Communicable Crises: Prevention, Response, and Recovery in the
Global Arena. Ed. Deborah E. Gibbons. Information Age
Howitt, Arnold, and Jonathan Makler. "Protecting America's Highways
and Transit Systems Against Terrorism." Taking the High Road: A
Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation Reform. Ed. Bruce Katz
and Robert Puentes. Brookings Institution, 2005.
Howitt, Arnold, and Robyn L. Pangi. "Intergovernmental Challenges
of Preparing for Terrorism." Countering Terrorism: Dimensions of
Preparedness. Ed. Arnold Howitt and Robyn L. Pangi. MIT Press,
Howitt, Arnold, and Ralph Gakenheimer. “The Mexico City
Metropolitan Area Transportation System: Mobility and Air
Pollution.” Air Quality in the Mexico Megacity. Ed. Luisa T.
Molina and Mario J. Molina. Kluwer, February 2002.
Howitt, Arnold (as co-author on Committee on Air Quality Management
in the United States). Air Quality Management in the United
States. National Academies Press, 2004.
Howitt, Arnold (as co-author on Committee on Evaluation of the
Metropolitan Medical Response System Program). Preparing for
Terrorism: Tools for Evaluating the Metropolitan Medical Response
System Program. National Academies Press, 2002.
- Edited Volumes
Howitt, Arnold, and Robyn L. Pangi, eds. Countering Terrorism:
Dimensions of Preparedness. MIT Press, 2003.
- Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Howitt, Arnold, and Herman B. Leonard. "Beyond Katrina: Improving
Disaster Response Capabilities" (two-part series)."
Crisis/Response Journal. September 2006.
Howitt, Arnold, and Herman B. Leonard. "A Command System for All
Agencies?" Crisis/Response Journal. March 2005, 40-42.
Leonard, Herman B., and Arnold Howitt. "In the Heat of the Moment."
Compass: A Journal of Leadership Fall 2004: 19-23.
- Research Papers/Reports
Howitt, Arnold, Winston Harrington, Alan J. Krupnick, et al.
"Exhausting Options: Assessing SIP-Conformity Interactions."
Resources for the Future, January 2003.
Howitt, Arnold, and Jonathan Makler. "Regulating Transportation in
New Nonattainment Areas: Areas Under the 8-Hour Ozone Standard."
Transportation Research Record 1842 03-3224, 2003.
Howitt, Arnold. “Promoting Regional Collaboration,” in Beyond
the Beltway: Focusing on Hometown Security. KSG Executive
Session on Domestic Preparedness Report, September 2002.