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

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Containing case studies on events from the 1990s through today, Public Health Preparedness explores responses to infectious disease, bioterrorism, and natural disasters.

The National Guard and Homeland Security

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

Response and Recovery in Nepal

As part of its focus on Asia, PCL is examining Nepal’s response and recovery from the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.

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

Howitt and Leonard

11/16/18: Ash Community Speaker Series: China and the World Order in Transition? | More

In the News:
PCL Senior Fellow Joe Pfeifer, the first battalion chief to enter the north tower on 9/11, retires from FDNY | More

New Case Study:
"A Cascade of Emergencies: Responding to Superstorm Sandy in New York City" | More

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 | More

Faculty are currently conducting research on terror attacks in urban settings, disaster risk management in Asia, emergency management in the transportation sector, and public health emergency preparedness.

New Book: Howitt, Leonard, and Giles, “Public Health Preparedness: Case Studies in Policy and Management” | More