William G. Howell

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    William G. Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics in the Harris School and co-director of the Program on Political Institutions. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. His recent research examines how domestic political institutions constrain the president's ability to exercise military force abroad. Howell is the co-author (with Jon Pevehouse) of While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers (Princeton University Press, 2007); author of Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action (Princeton University Press, 2003); co-author (with Paul Peterson) of The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (Brookings Institution Press, 2002); and editor of Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics (Brookings Institution Press, 2005). His research also has appeared in numerous professional journals and edited volumes. Before coming to the Harris School, Howell taught in the government department at Harvard University and the political science department at the University of Wisconsin. In 2000, he received a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.


Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

Win or lose, states enacted education reforms

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Information Fuels Support for School Reform

Facts about local district performance alter public thinking

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Reform Agenda Gains Strength

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

The Public Weighs In on School Reform

Intense controversies do not alter public thinking, but teachers differ more sharply than ever

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

The 2011 Education Next-PEPG Survey

Complete Results

Meeting of the Minds

The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree

Winter 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 1

The 2010 Education Next-PEPG Survey

Complete Results

Accountability Lost

Student learning is seldom a factor in school board elections

Winter 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 1

The Persuadable Public

The 2009 Education Next-PEPG Survey asks if information changes minds about school reform.

Fall 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 4

The 2009 Education Next-PEPG Survey

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Fall 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 4

Educating the Public

How information affects Americans’ support for school spending and charter schools

Summer 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 3

The 2008 Education Next-PEPG Survey of Public Opinion

Americans think less of their schools than of their police departments and post offices

Fall 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 4

Is the Price Right?

Probing American’s knowledge of school spending

Summer 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 3

What Americans Think about Their Schools

The 2007 Education Next—PEPG Survey

Fall 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 4

Vouchers in New York, Dayton, and D.C.

Vouchers and the Test-Score Gap

Summer 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 2

Voucher Research Controversy

New looks at the New York City evaluation

Spring 2004 / Vol. 4, No. 2

One Child at a Time

An inside look at one city’s efforts to offer families the opportunities promised by No Child Left Behind

Summer 2004 / Vol. 4, No. 3

Gray Lady Wheezing

The AFT hoodwinks the Times

Winter 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 1

Blog Posts/Multimedia

A Modest, and Perhaps Naïve, Proposal

Yesterday the Board of Education for the city of Los Angeles voted to allow private operators to run up to one third of the district’s public schools.

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