Harvard Weighs In on Boston Marathon Bombing Response

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Harvard Kennedy School researchers recently published a report - Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing - on what worked and what didn’t in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. The report commends the work of first responders at the finish line but contains some criticism of the melee in Watertown during the search for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.... more


  • Christine Cole is the executive director of the Criminal Justice and Policy Management program at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a co-author of the report.
  • Herman "Dutch" Leonard is a professor of public management at Harvard Kennedy School and a co-author of the report.