Director

Marc M. Howard

Marc M. Howard is Professor of Government at Georgetown University, Professor of Law (by courtesy) at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative.  He is an established scholar in the study of comparative democratization, having written two award-winning books published by Cambridge University Press and numerous academic articles in leading political science journals. His active involvement in the eventual exoneration of his childhood friend, Marty Tankleff, who was wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for over 17 years, inspired him to pursue a J.D. degree, which he received in 2012.  His research and teaching interests and passions are now primarily devoted to criminal justice and prison reform. He is also a Volunteer Professor at the Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in Maryland.  And his next book, Unusually Cruel: Prisons, Punishment, and the Real American Exceptionalism, will be published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.

For more information, see his personal website