Howard’s research focuses on the history and politics of U.S. social policy. He is the author of two books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. Howard is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy (2015). His most recent book, Thinking Like a Political Scientist: A Practical Guide to Research Methods, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2017. He also served for several years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis (Richmond, VA), which “provides credible, independent and accessible information and analyses of fiscal and economic issues facing Virginia with particular attention to the impacts on low- and moderate-income persons.”
Offers a fresh approach to research methods, aimed primarily at undergraduates. Presents a balanced amount of experiments, statistical analysis, and case studies. Discusses asking good questions in the first half and providing good answers in the second half of the book.
Analyzes the different meanings of “means-testing” among policy elites, some connected to eligibility and benefits and others connected to financing.
Summarizes much of what we know about the politics of U.S. social policy with contributions from leading political scientists, sociologists, historians, and economists. Identifies promising paths for future research.