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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Adaptive Resilience:
PCL Senior Fellow Joseph Pfeifer explores how FDNY has adapted and redefined itself in the years following 9/11.


The National Guard and the  Homeland:
PCL collaborates with the National Guard on Executive Education programs for the Guard's senior leaders and their partners.


5 Years Forward:
Tuscaloosa, AL, led by Mayor Walter Maddox - a PCL Senior Fellow - has launched a website highlighting its recovery from the EF-4 tornado that tore through the city on 04/27/11.


PCL Faculty Lead HKS Research on Disaster Response & Recovery
Since Hurricane Katrina, PCL faculty have been investigating how to improve disaster response and recovery capacity in the US and abroad. 




We have no upcoming events scheduled at this time. Details on Spring 2017 events will be posted here soon.


Past Event Highlights:

Innovations in Disaster Management: The Use of Technology
Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Accelerating Disaster Recovery:
Friday, January 22, 2016


The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Challenges of Policy, Politics, and Logistics
Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Ebola: Can We Avoid a Global Pandemic?, a JFK Jr. Forum Panel 
September 9, 2014




NEW Article: In "Command Under Attack" PCL researchers reflect on lessons learned in the 15 years since 9/11 for responding to large-scale and novel emergencies.


NEW Case Study: "Fears and Realities" profiles how Dallas, TX responded to cases of Ebola in 2014. 


Featured 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"