Through research, teaching, and work with governments and practicing professionals, the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) seeks to improve society’s 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.

Featured Research and Teaching

Extraction of the coronavirus at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories

PCL researchers offer insights on what organizational leaders should know about the Covid-19 pandemic -- and how to respond to it (Photo source)

Observations from the Gulf Coast / Photo: Mark Wolfe-FEMA

PCL Senior Fellow Doug Ahlers explores why people choose to remain in disaster-vulnerable communities.

The National Guard and Homeland Security

PCL partners with the National Guard on training programs for large-scale, multi-organizational response operations.

"Effective collaboration is essential if the extraordinary demands of crisis leadership are to be met."

Howitt and Leonard

PCL faculty offer short-term executive education programs and graduate-level courses on crisis leadership, disaster response, and homeland security.

Featured Course: Leadership in Crises: Preparation and Performance 

Faculty are currently conducting research on terror attacks in urban settings, disaster risk management in Asia, and disaster recovery.

Latest Book: “Public Health Preparedness: Case Studies in Policy and Management”