William and Mary

Christopher D.  Howard

Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy

Office : Morton 14
Email : [[cdhowa]]
Office Phone : 757-221-3026

Research Interests

American Politics and Public Policy (Social Policy)


Chris Howard has worked at the College since 1993.  His expertise is in American politics and public policy, especially social policy.  He is the author of The Welfare State Nobody Knows: Debunking Myths About U.S. Social Policy (2007) and The Hidden Welfare State: Tax Expenditures and Social Policy in the United States (1997), both published by Princeton University Press.  He has also written scholarly articles in The American Political Science Review, Journal of Policy History, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Public Administration Review, and Studies in American Political Development.   He is currently working on several chapters for different edited volumes, all of which place U.S. public policy in cross-national perspective.  Recent course offerings include The American Welfare State, Research Methods, and Closing the Achievement Gap.  Students in this last course also participated in the Sharpe Community Service Program by tutoring students from the local schools.

In 2009, Chris won an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, which recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and public service.  Chris was the first member of his department ever to win this award.  He has also won a college-wide teaching award from the Society of the Alumni as well as research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Duke University in 1983 with a B.A. degree in History. He later earned his M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in Political Science from MIT.