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Arnold Howitt
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
124 Mount Auburn St. 200N-266

Arnold M. Howitt is Senior Adviser of the Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at HKS, with responsibility to advise 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. Dr. Howitt was Executive Director of the Ash Center from 2008-2016, and Executive Director/Associate Director of the Taubman Center from 1984-2008.

As a faculty member, Dr. Howitt works extensively in executive education for senior officials. He chairs or co-chairs Leadership in Crises, Leadership in Homeland Security, and the General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, 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 China's Leaders in Development, Shanghai Executive Public Management, and Beijing Executive Public Management  programs.

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.

Among other writing, Dr. Howitt is co-author/editor of Public Health Preparedness (2017), Natural Disaster management in the Asia Pacific (2015), 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 Relations (1984).

Dr. Howitt received his AB from Columbia University and MA and PhD in political science from Harvard University.

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Magazine and Newspaper Articles

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Outside Professional Activities For Arnold Howitt

  • Iwate University, Morioka, Japan. (1) Global Fellow (2017-present). Unpaid. (2) Speaker (2017) Paid.
  • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. (1) School of Public Policy and Management. Member, Academic Committee, Center for Crisis Management Research (2009-present). Unpaid. (2) Institute for Public Safety Research, International Advisory Board. (2013-present). Unpaid. (3) Schwarzman College (2017-present). Guest faculty. Paid through Schwarzman Education Foundation, NYC.
  • Keio University SFC, Kanagawa, Japan (1) Guest speaker (2017) Unpaid. (2) Visiting faculty (2018) Paid.
  • Asia Foundation-Nepal. International NGO. Research collaboration. Unpaid.
  • Nanjing University, School of Government, Nanjing, China. International Board of Advisors, Journal of Risk, Disaster, & Crisis Research (2015-present). Unpaid.
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (2017) University. Conference participant. Unpaid.
  • Ministry of Safety and Security, Republic of Korea (2017) Conference participant. Unpaid.
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Crisis/Response Journal (2014-present). Unpaid.
  • Member, Finance Committee, Young Audiences of Massachusetts (2013-2018). Unpaid.
  • Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. Visiting International Professor, Inter-School Graduate Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies (2013). Unpaid.
  • Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. School of Social Development and Public Policy.,Adviser, Case Research Center (2012-2015)  Unpaid.
  • National Graduate Institute for Public Policy, Tokyo, Japan. Speaker (2013). Paid.
  • Canon Institute for Global Studies, Tokyo, Japan. (2012-2013) Speaker. Paid.
  • Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Safety Science (2012). Unpaid.
  • Korea National Diplomatic Academy. Discussion-based learning workshop leader (2012). Paid.



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