Through research, teaching, and work with governments and practicing professionals, the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) seeks to improve society‚Äôs capacity to deal with natural disasters; infrastructure, technology, and systems failures; emergent infectious disease; and terrorism. Jointly affiliated with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, PCL takes a comprehensive perspective, looking at risk reduction strategies, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster recovery.

The Program on Crisis Leadership is led by faculty co-directors Arnold M. Howitt and Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard

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Paris, France:
In an interview with Rachel Maddow, PCL Senior Fellow Joseph Pfeifer speaks about the attacks in Paris and NYC's own preparedness efforts.


Ferguson, Missouri: PCL co-director Dutch Leonard analyzes the management of the response in Ferguson.


Why Was Boston Strong?: PCL faculty lead a research initiative on the response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.


PCL and IDEASpHERE Dean David T. Ellwood highlights Howitt and Leonard's research on the Boston Marathon bombing at the launch of the Campaign for Harvard Kennedy School.


Hurricane Sandy: Joseph Pfeifer, Senior Fellow and FDNY's Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, discusses responding to the Breezy Point fires.


Interagency Coordination and Unified Command During a Domestic Emergency: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 9, 2015


Past Event Highlights:
Ebola: Can We Avoid a Global Pandemic?, a JFK Jr. Forum Panel 
September 9, 2014


Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later, a JFK Jr. Forum Panel 
April 16, 2014



Research Awards: PCL Fellow Dr. Alex Altshuler has been awarded the annual prize of the Israel Fulbright Alumni Association and his PhD dissertation has received the certificate of excellence from the University of Haifa, Israel.


NEW Book : Brassard, Giles, and Howitt, eds., "Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific: Policy and Governance" 


White Paper: "Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing"


Case Study: "Recovery in Aurora" profiles efforts spearheaded by the local public school system to help the community recover from the 2012 movie theater shooting.