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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The National Guard and the  Homeland:
PCL faculty train senior Guard officers and their partners in the homeland security field on crisis leadership strategies.


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. 




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: "Disaster Preparedness and Response During Political Transition in Nepal," by Das Manandhar, Varughese, Howitt, and Kelly.


NEW Article: "Coordination in Crises," by Hambridge, Howitt, and Giles.

NEW Case Study: "Defending the Homeland" profiles how the Massachusetts National Guard responded to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. 


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"