Howard’s research examines the interplay between violence and resistance in black America. Specifically her book manuscript (in progress) analyzes the 1960s urban rebellions in the Midwest, grounded in the way race, class, gender, and region played critical and overlapping roles in defining resistance to racialized oppression. Her research agenda is driven by the desire to provide historical perspectives on salient issues in the black community today, including the growing prison industrial complex and resurgence of anti-black violence. She serves as Book Review Editor for The Black Scholar.
In the News
Argues that violent protest does not occur in a vacuum. Historically, it has been the purview of the most desperate, the most oppressed, those with little to lose and even fewer options for recompense. Urban rebellions, both in the contemporary moment and in the 1960s, are a continuation of previous protests through extralegal channels.
Examines how the media approached long-standing and long-simmering issues of race, class, violence, and social responsibility in Baltimore during the demonstrations, violence, and public debate in the spring of 2015