Howard's research focuses on constitutional law, law and society, bioethics, the politics of reproduction, criminal justice, public policy, feminist theory and critical race theory. Overarching themes in Howard's writings include pregnancy discrimination and the relevance of law. Howard serves as co-director of the Rutgers University Informed Consent Project and is an American Fellow with the American Association of University Women.
Evaluates state-mandated informed consent materials using the legal standard of true and non-misleading.
Provides a broad overview of gender as it relates to crime, including criminal justice institutions, the law, victimization, perpetration, and employment in criminal justice systems.
Examines the criminal prosecution of pregnant women for crimes against the fetuses they gestate, and asks how much the law truly matters.
Examines similarities between the criminal prosecution of pregnant women for using methamphetamine and the early eugenics movement in the United States.
Explores Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign as a sexual deracialization strategy.