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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FDNY after 9/11:
The New York Daily News profiles PCL Senior Fellow Joe Pfeifer's work in reforming the FDNY following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Communicating in Crises:
PCL faculty affiliate Juliette Kayyem discusses how the government should communicate with the public during times of crisis.


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


Details on upcoming events will be listed here when finalized. In the meantime, please see below for a sample of events organized by PCL over the past year. 

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.