WILLIAM G. HOWELL’S CONTACT INFORMATION

Mail: 1155 E 60th Street; Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 312-550-3767

Fax: 773-702-0926

Email: whowell@uchicago.edu

 


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

University of Chicago: Harris School of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, and the College

  • Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics: 2009-present
  • Associate Professor: 2006-2009

 

Harvard University: Government Department

  • Associate Professor: 2005-2006
  • Assistant Professor: 2002-2005

 

University of Wisconsin: Department of Political Science

  • Assistant Professor: 2000-2002

 


EDUCATION

Stanford University: Ph.D., Political Science, 2000. Concentrations in American Politics and Political Institutions.

Wesleyan University: B.A., College of Social Studies, 1993. Graduated with high honors.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND SERVICE

Š      Book Series Co-Editor (with Jon Pevehouse), “Chicago Series on International and Domestic Institutions,” University of Chicago Press (2008-present).

Š      Founder and Co-Director, Program on Political Institutions, Harris School of Public Policy (2007-present).

Š      Consultant, ABC News election decision team (2013-present).

Š      Survey Director, Education Next (2005-2013).

Š      Board Member, University of Chicago Board of Publications (2010-2013).

Š      Editorial Board Member: American Political Science Review (2012-present); Journal of Public Policy (2013-present); Presidential Studies Quarterly (2006-present).

Š      Board Member, technical advisors to federally financed evaluation of the Washington, D.C. school voucher program (2004-2009).

Š      Deputy Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University (2003-2008; faculty affiliate 2000-present).

Š      Member, National Advisory Committee for the Black Alliance for Educational Options’ “The Black Parent After-School Care Study” (2006).

Š      Member, Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences grant review panel (2004-2005).

 

 


AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND GRANTS

  • P.I., Smith Richardson Foundation. “Innovations in Education Policymaking: Obama’s Race to the Top Initiative.” 2013-14. $122,610.
  • Recipient, Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best reference book on the American Presidency published in the previous four years (2010), by the American Political Science Association.
  • P.I., National Science Foundation, “War and Presidential Power.” 2010-12. $149,603.
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2009-2010.
  • Recipient, D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on a congressional topic published in the previous year (2008), by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.
  • Recipient, Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book on the American Presidency published in the previous year (2008), by the American Political Science Association.
  • P.I., Smith Richardson Foundation, 2008-10.  “War, Domestic Policymaking, and Presidential Power.” $50,000.
  • Recipient, Patrick J. Fett Award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency (2005), by the Midwest Political Science Association.
  • P.I., Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2004-05. $10,000.
  • Distinguished Research Faculty Associate and C. Douglas Dillon Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2004-2005.
  • Co-P.I., Federal Department of Education, 2004. Major grant, to be disbursed over 5 years, to run center on school choice and accountability. 
  • Co-P.I., Smith Richardson Foundation, 2003-04. “School Board Politics.”  $85,000.
  • Co-P.I., Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University, 2003-04. “School Board Politics.” $24,000.
  • P.I., Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2003. “Parental Choices under NCLB.” $50,000.
  • Recipient, E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American politics (2001), by the American Political Science Association.
  • Recipient, Best dissertation on the presidency (2001), by the Center for Presidential Studies at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
  • Vilas Young Scholar, University of Wisconsin, 2000-2002.
  • P.I., University of Wisconsin Graduate School.  Competitive research support, 2001 and 2002.
  • Hawkins Junior Professional Development Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 2000.
  • Humanities/Sciences Graduate Alumni Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University, 1999.

 


MONOGRAPHS

Howell, W., S. Jackman, and J. Rogowski. 2013. The Wartime President. University of Chicago Press.

Howell, W. 2013. Thinking about the Presidency. Princeton University Press.

Howell, W. and J. Pevehouse. 2007. While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers. Princeton University Press. (Simultaneous paperback).

Howell, W. 2003. Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action. Princeton University Press. (Simultaneous paperback).

Howell, W. and P. Peterson. 2002. The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools. Brookings Institution Press. (Revised paperback edition 2006).


OTHER BOOK PROJECTS AND SPECIAL ISSUES OF JOURNALS

Coleman, J., K. Goldstein, and W. Howell. 2012. Understanding American Politics and Government, 3rd Edition. Pearson Longman. 1st Edtiion, 2008, 2nd, 2010.

Edwards, G. and W. Howell (editors). 2009. The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Presidency. Oxford University Press.

Howell, W. (editor). 2005. Special edition of Presidential Studies Quarterly on unilateral powers. Volume 35, Number 3.

Howell, W. (editor). 2005. Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics. Brookings Institution Press. (Simultaneous paperback).


PAPERS/CHAPTERS (peer reviewed articles marked with *)

* Howell, W. and S. Jackman. Forthcoming. “Inter-Branch Bargaining over Policy with Multiple Outcomes.” American Journal of Political Science.

* Howell, W. and F. Ahmed. Forthcoming. “Voting for the President: The Supreme Court during War.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.

Kriner, D. and W. Howell. Forthcoming. “Political Elites and Public Support for War.” In L. Dodd and B. Oppenheimer, Congress Reconsidered, Vol. 10. Congressional Quarterly Press.

* Howell, W. and J. Rogowski. 2013. “War, the Presidency, and Legislative Voting Behavior.” American Journal of Political Science. 57(1): 150-166.

Howell, W., S. Jackman, and J. Rogowski. 2012. “The Wartime President: Insights, Lessons, and Opportunities for Continued Investigation.” Presidential Studies Quarterly. 42(4): 791-810.

Howell, W. 2011. “Presidential Power in War.” Annual Review of Political Science. 14: 89-105.

Howell, W. 2011. “A Restoration of Balance? A Critical Examination of the Proposed War Powers Consultation Act.” In D. Dunn, The Presidency in the 21st Century. University Press of Kentucky.

* Berry, C., B. Burden and W. Howell. 2011. “The President and the Distribution of Federal Spending.” American Political Science Review. 104(4): 783-99.

* Berry, C., B. Burden and W. Howell. 2010. “After Enactment: The Lives and Deaths of Discretionary Programs.” American Journal of Political Science. 54(1): 1-17.

Howell, W. 2009. “Wartime Judgments on Presidential Power: Striking Down but Not Back.” Minnesota Law Review. 93(5): 1778-1819.

Howell, W. and T. Johnson. 2009. “War’s Contributions to Presidential Power.” In G. Edwards and W. Howell (eds), Handbook of the American Presidency. Oxford University Press.

Howell, W. and D. Kriner. 2009. “Congress, the President, and the Iraq War’s Domestic Political Front.” In L. Dodd and B. Oppenheimer, Congress Reconsidered, Vol. 9. Congressional Quarterly Press.

* Canes-Wrone, B., W. Howell, and D. Lewis. 2008. “Executive Influence in Foreign versus Domestic Policy Making: Toward a Broader Understanding of Presidential Power.” Journal of Politics. 70(1): 1-16.

Howell, W. 2008. “Education Policy, Academic Research, and Public Opinion.” In F. Hess (ed), When Research Matters: How Scholarship Influences Education Policy. Harvard Education Press.

* Berry, C. and W. Howell. 2007. “Accountability and Local Elections: Rethinking Retrospective Voting.” Journal of Politics. 69(3): 844-858.

Howell, W. and D. Kriner. 2007. “Bending So as Not to Break: What the Bush Presidency Reveals about the Politics of Unilateral Action.” In G. Edwards and D. King (eds), The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush. Oxford University Press.

Howell, W. and D. Kriner. 2007. “Power without Persuasion: Identifying Executive Influence.” In B. Rockman and R. Waterman (eds), Presidential Leadership: The Vortex of Power. Oxford University Press.

Howell, W. 2006. “Executives: The American Presidency.” In S. Binder, R. Rhodes, and B. Rockman (eds), Handbook of Political Institutions. Oxford University Press. An updated version of this essay appeared as: Howell, W. 2009. “Quantitative Approaches to Studying the Presidency.” In G. Edwards and W. Howell (eds), Handbook of the American Presidency. Oxford University Press.

Howell, W. 2006. “Switching Schools? A Closer Look at Parents’ Initial Interest in and Knowledge about the Choice Provisions of No Child Left Behind.” Peabody Journal of Education. 81(1): 140-179. Modified version also published as Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research White Paper No. 22, November 2004.

* Howell, W. and J. Pevehouse. 2005. “Presidents, Congress, and the Use of Force.” International Organization. 59(1): 209-232.

Howell, W. 2005. “Unilateral Powers: A Brief Overview.” Presidential Studies Quarterly. 35(3): 417-439.

Howell, W. and K. Mayer. 2005. “The Last 100 Days.” Presidential Studies Quarterly. 35(3): 533-553.

Howell, W. 2005. “Power without Persuasion: Rethinking Foundations of Executive Influence.” In G. Edwards (ed), Readings on Presidential Politics. Wadsworth Press.

Howell, W. and J. Pevehouse. 2005. “Separation of Powers and the Use of Military Force.” In A. Mintz and B. Russet (eds), New Directions for International Relations. Lexington Press.

Berry, C. and W. Howell. 2005. “Accountability in Public Education.” In W. Howell (editor), Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics. Brookings Institution Press.

* Howell, W. 2004. “Dynamic Selection Effects in Urban, Means-Tested School Voucher Programs.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 22(3): 225-250.

Howell, W. and P. Peterson. 2004. “Uses of Theory in Randomized Field Trials: Lessons from School Voucher Research on Disaggregation, Missing Data, and the Generalization of Findings.” The American Behavioral Scientist. 47(5): 634-657.

Peterson, P. and W. Howell. 2004. “Efficiency, Bias, and Classification Schemes: Estimating Private-School Impacts on Test Scores in the New York City Voucher Experiment.” The American Behavioral Scientist. 47(5): 699-717.

Howell, W. 2004. “Thunderous Clouds, No Rain: NCLB in Worcester, Massachusetts.” In F. Hess and C. Finn (eds.), Leaving No Child Behind? Options for Kids in Failing Schools. Palgrave Macmillan.

Howell, W. 2004. “Parents, Choice, and the Future of NCLB.” In F. Hess and C. Finn (eds.), Leaving No Child Behind? Options for Kids in Failing Schools. Palgrave Macmillan.

Peterson, P., W. Howell, P. Wolf, and D. Campbell. 2003. “School Vouchers: Results from Randomized Experiments.” In C. Hoxby (ed.), The Economic Analysis of School Choice, University of Chicago Press.

* Howell, W. and D. Lewis. 2002. “Agencies by Presidential Design.” Journal of Politics. 64(4): 1095-1114.

* Howell, W., P. Wolf, D. Campbell, and P. Peterson. 2002. “School Vouchers and Academic Performance: Results from Three Randomized Field Trials.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 21(2): 191-218.

Peterson, P. and W. Howell. 2002. “Exploring Explanations for Ethnic Differences of Vouchers on Student Test Scores.” In T. Loveless and J. Chubb (eds.), Bridging the Achievement Gap, Brookings Institution Press.

Howell, W., P. Wolf, P. Peterson, and D. Campbell. 2001. “School Vouchers’ Impact on Student Achievement.” In P. Peterson and D. Campbell (eds.), Charter Schools, Vouchers, and Public Education, Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.

* Howell, W., S. Adler, C. Cameron, and C. Riemann. 2000. “Divided Government and the Legislative Productivity of Congress, 1945-1994.” Legislative Studies Quarterly. 25(2): 285-312.

Peterson, P., and W. Howell. 2000. “When Low-Income Students Move from Public to Private Schools.” In D. Ravitch and J. Viteritti (eds.), City Schools: Lessons from New York, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Moe, T. and W. Howell. 1999. “A Theory of Unilateral Action.” Presidential Studies Quarterly. 29(4): 850-871.

Moe, T. and W. Howell. 1999. “The Presidential Power of Unilateral Action.” Journal of Law, Economics and Organizations. 15(1): 132-179.

Peterson, P., D. Myers, W. Howell, and D. Mayer. 1999. “The Effects of School Choice in New York City.” In S. Mayer and P. Peterson (eds.), Earning and Learning: How Schools Matter, Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.

Sniderman, P., G. Crosby, and W. Howell. 1999. “The Politics of Race: The Nature of Public Argument.” In D. Sears, L. Bobo and J. Sidanius (eds.), Racialized Politics: Values, Ideology, and Prejudice in American Public Opinion, University of Chicago Press.

Sniderman, P., E. Carmines, W. Howell, and W. Morgan. 1999. “A Test of Alternative Interpretations of the Contemporary Politics of Race: A Critical Examination of Divided by Color.” Revue FranÁaise de Science Politique. 49(2): 265-293.

Greene, J., W. Howell, and P. Peterson. 1998. “Lessons from the Cleveland Scholarship Program.” In P. Peterson and B. Hassel (eds.), Learning from School Choice, Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.

* Porat, H., G. Marshall, and W. Howell. 1997. “The Career Beliefs of Homeless Veterans: Vocational Attitudes as Indicators of Employability.” Journal of Career Assessment. 5(1): 47-59.


SELECTED ESSAYS AND EDITORIALS

Howell, W. and T. Moe. Forthcoming. “Enhanced Presidential Proposal Power: Con.” In R. Ellis and M. Nelson (eds.), Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System, 3 Edition. Congressional Quarterly Press.

Howell, W. “Presidential Power.” Forthcoming in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Howell, W, S. Jackman, and J. Rogowski. “The Syria Effect.” Politico.com. September 8, 2013.

Howell, W. “Count on Congress: The Logic of Handing Syria Over to the Lawmakers.” Foreign Affairs. September 3, 2013.

Howell, W. “All Syria Policy is Local.” Foreign Policy. September 3, 2013.

Howell, W. “The Not-So-Imperial Presidency of Barak Obama.” Politico.com. August 7, 2013.

Howell, W. and T. Moe. 2013. “Anxiety and Leadership.” Social Science Research Council.

Howell, W. and G. Lightbourn. “Amid Reform Fatigue, a Crying Need for Leadership on Education.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. May 4, 2013.

Howell, W. “Just as the Framers Intended.” New York Times, Room for Debate. September 21, 2012.

Howell, W. “What Romney Needs to Say to Win.“ cnn.com. August 29, 2012.

Peterson, P., W. Howell, and M. West. “Teachers Unions have a Popularity Problem.” Wall Street Journal. June 4, 2012.

Howell, W. “Thank You Iowa.“ cnn.com. January 4, 2012.

Howell, W. “All Eyes on Social Security.“ cnn.com. September 12, 2011.

Howell, W. “The president is the best bet to find way out of deadlock.” cnn.com. July 9, 2011.

Howell, W. “How did we get to the brink of shutdown?” cnn.com. April 8, 2011.

Howell, W. “For Obama and Libya, Now the Tricky Part.” cnn.com. March 28, 2011.

Howell, W., P. Peterson, and M. West. 2010. “Meeting of the Minds, Results from the Fourth Annual Education Next-PEPG Survey.” Education Next. 11(1): 20-31.

Howell, W. 2009. “War Powers Consultation Act: Con.” In R. Ellis and M. Nelson (eds.), Debating the Presidency. Congressional Quarterly Press.

Howell, W. and M. West. 2009. “Educating the Public.” Education Next. 9(3): 40-47.

Howell, W. and J. Pevehouse. “In War, Politics Is a Lethal Weapon.” Chicago Tribune. September 7, 2008.

Howell, W., M. West, and P. Peterson. 2008. “What Americans Think about their Schools, Results from the Second Annual Education Next-PEPG Survey.” Education Next. 8(4): 12-27.

Howell, W. and M. West. 2008. “Is the Price Right? Probing Americans’ Understanding of Education Spending.” Education Next. 8(3): 36-41.

Berry, C. and W. Howell. 2008. “Accountability Lost: Student Learning only Sometimes a Factor in School Board Elections.” Education Next. 8(1): 66-72.

Howell, W. and J. Pevehouse. 2007. “When Congress Stops Wars.” Foreign Affairs. 86(5): 95-108.

Howell, W., M. West, and P. Peterson. 2007. “What Americans Think about their Schools.” Education Next. 7(4): 12-26.

Howell, W. “Will Bush’s War Policy Be Tamed by New Congress?” Chicago Tribune. January 8, 2007, p. 15.

Howell, W. and E. Llaudet. 2007. “School Vouchers.” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. W. Darity. Vol. 7. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.

Howell, W. 2006. “Political Checks on a Politicized Presidency: A Response to Neal Katyal’s Internal Separation of Powers.’” Yale Law Journal Pocket Part.

Howell, W. 2005. “School Boards Surrounded.” American School Board Journal. 192(5): 24-37.

Howell, W. “School Boards Besieged.” Education Week, March 9, 2005.

Howell, W. and M. West. 2005. “Grey Lady Wheezing: The AFT Hoodwinks the Times.” Education Next. Winter. 5(1): 74-77.

Howell, W., P. Peterson, and M. West. “Dog Eats AFT Homework.” Wall Street Journal. August 18, 2004. P. A10.

Howell, W. 2004. “One Child at a Time.” Education Next. 4(3): 26-31. Also published in P. Peterson (ed.), Using Competition to Improve America's Schools: Promises and Pitfalls. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Peterson, P. and W. Howell. 2004. “Voucher Research Controversy: New Looks at the New York City Evaluation.” Education Next. 4(2): 73-78.

Howell, W. “Executive Power of Removal.” Dictionary of American History. 2002. Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Howell, W. 2002. “The Data Vacuum.” Education Next. 2(2): 79-83.

Howell, W., P. Wolf, P. Peterson, and D. Campbell. 2001. “School Choice in Three Cities.” Education Matters. 1(2): 48-54. Also published in P. Peterson (ed.), Using Competition to Improve America's Schools: Promises and Pitfalls. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Howell, W., P. Wolf, P. Peterson, and D. Campbell. “In Defense of Our Voucher Research.” Education Week. February 7, 2001.

Peterson, P., J. Greene, and W. Howell. “Good Motives Are Not Enough.” Education Week. October 20, 1998.


BOOK REVIEWS

N. Young. Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II. Journal of Interdisciplinary History. Forthcoming.

A. Polsky. Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War. Political Science Quarterly. Forthcoming.

R. Caro. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. San Francisco Chronicle, May 11, 2012.

G. Krutz and J. Peake, Treaty Politics and the Rise of Executive Agreements: International Commitments in a System of Shared Powers. Perspectives on Politics. 2011. 9(2): 489-90.

G. Dunn. The Lies of Sarah Palin. San Francisco Chronicle. May 15, 2011.

D. Rumsfeld. Known and Unknown: A Memoir. San Francisco Chronicle. February 20, 2011.

J. Yoo. Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush. San Francisco Chronicle. January 31, 2010, p. FE-4.

D. Lewis, The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance. Political Science Quarterly, 2010. 125(1): 183-85.

M. Berkman and E. Plutzer, Ten thousand Democracies: Politics and Public Opinion in America’s School Districts. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 2006.

J. Huber and C. Shipan (2003), Deliberate Discretion? Congress and the Presidency. 30(1): 103-105.

P. Cooper (2002), By Order of the President: the Use and Abuse of Executive Direct Action. Political Science Quarterly. 118(1): 133-34.

J. Aberbach and B. Rockman (2000), In the Web of Politics: Three Decades of the U.S. Federal Executive. Congress and the Presidency. Autumn, 2001. 28(2): 221-223.

H. Brighouse (2000), School Choice and Social Justice. Constitutional Political Economy. December, 2001. 12(4): 375-378.

 


SELECTED MANUSCRIPTS/PAPERS IN PROGRESS AND UNDER REVIEW

The Institutional Presidency. (Under Contract, Pearson)

The Presidency We Need. With T. Moe.

“Executive Interventions in Education Policymaking.”

“Legislative Extremism and Distributive Politics.” With D. Alexander and C. Berry.

“Policy Innovation via Competition.” With E. Bueno de Mesquita.

“Political Scandal: A Theory.”

“Weighing Security and the Law.” With S. Jackman.


Updated September, 2013