Kimberly Howe

Kimberly HoweResearch Director and Assistant Professor
Research Assistant Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition

Working with Feinstein Since: 2007
Based in: France

Kimberly Howe directs Feinstein’s Research Program on Conflict and Governance. The majority of her work is focused on the Syria crisis, and the effects of humanitarian and political interventions on civilians, armed groups, and political structures.  Kimberly has designed and conducted mixed methods research projects in several war-affected countries around the world including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Uganda, Northern Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Since the late 1990s, Kimberly has been working in a variety of ways to improve the lives of people affected by conflict and war. Kimberly regularly conducts research for the U.S. government on their programs targeting refugees, internally displaced persons, and war-affected populations. Prior to joining the center, she was a Randolph Jennings Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace, an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at SIPA Columbia University, and a Fellow at Harvard University Medical School. From 1999 to 2007, she practiced as a psychotherapist treating survivors of torture and interpersonal violence.

Kimberly holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.S.W. from Simmons College, Boston. She has an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

When she is not in the field, she is based in southern France, where the weather is always nice.

Research Interests:
  • Insecurity during war and war to peace transitions
  • Governance and conflict
  • The politics of humanitarian action
Regional Focus:
  • Middle East
  • East/Great Lakes Africa
  • Colombia
Most Recent External Publications:
  • Stites, Elizabeth, & Howe, Kimberly. “From the border to the bedroom: Changing conflict dynamics in Karamoja, Uganda.” The Journal of Modern African Studies, 57, no. 1 (2019). 137-159.
  • Howe, Kimberly & Stites, Elizabeth. “Partners under pressure: Humanitarian action for the Syria crisis.” Disasters, 43, no. 1 (2019). 3-23.
  • Nussio, Enzo and Kimberly Howe. “When Illegal Protection Collapses: Pathways to Increased Post-Demobilization Violence.” Terrorism and Political Violence, 2014.
  • Kimberly Howe. “Collateral Damage: Urban Centers and IDPs in Post-Demobilization Colombia.” In Stabilization Operations, Security, and Development, edited by Rober Muggah. Routledge, 2014.
  • Nussio, Enzo and Kimberly Howe. “What if the FARC Demobilizes?” Stability: International Journal of Security and Development 1, no. 1 (2012).

News Items

Elizabeth Stites, Kimberly Howe, and Kim Wilson discuss systems change and livelihoods at SEEP 2017
October 4, 2017

Feinstein faculty, researchers, and visiting fellows had a prominent role at the SEEP 2017 conference in Washington DC on October 4, 2017. Elizabeth Stites presented findings from the Secure Livelihoods…

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Feinstein faculty participate in the World Humanitarian Summit
May 10, 2016

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul, Turkey on May 23-24, 2016. The summit aimed to set a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action that addresses future humanitarian…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Getting in or missing out? Understanding the poor’s interactions with market systems and international programming

Feinstein’s work as part of the Apolou project seeks to understand the impacts over time of a shift to an increasingly cash-based economy on different wealth, livelihood, and demographic groups.

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Growth, Health, and Governance, Karamoja, Uganda

This USAID-funded five year project (2012-2017) aims to improve livelihoods outcomes for the pastoral, agro-pastoral, and agrarian populations in the region.

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Feinstein Publications

The Wages of War: Learning from how Syrians have adapted their livelihoods through seven years of conflict
Syrian livelihoods through conflict

In partnership with Mercy Corps, Feinstein researchers undertook this work to understand why some households are managing the devastating impacts of war better than others.

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Five years on: Livelihood advances, innovations, and continuing challenges in Karamoja, Uganda
karamoja development programming

This fifth year report examines key areas of change in Karamoja over the past five years to inform development programming decisions.

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