Director

Marc M. Howard

Marc M. Howard is a Professor of Government and Law, and the founding Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative, at Georgetown University. He is one of the country's leading voices and advocates for criminal justice and prison reform. His research addresses the deep challenges of contemporary democracy and the tragedy of criminal justice and prisons in America. The author of three books and dozens of academic articles, his work has received numerous awards, including from the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. His most recent book is Unusually Cruel: Prisons, Punishment, and the Real American Exceptionalism (Oxford University Press, 2017). He is also a prize-winning teacher, and his "Prisons and Punishment" course has become one of the most sought-after courses at Georgetown. He recently co-taught a course called "Making an Exoneree" with his childhood friend, Marty Tankleff, who had been wrongfully convicted for almost 18 years, and the class was covered by a film crew for a 6-episode documentary series that will air in the next year. 

For more information, see his personal website