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
Courses Taught:
  • Conflict Resolution Theory at Fletcher (DHP D223)
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

Kimberly Howe presents at the American Political Science Association
September 20, 2019

Kimberly Howe attended the Annual Political Science Association Meeting in Washington in August. With her co-author Dipali Mukhopadhyay, they presented an excerpt of their forthcoming book, “Good Rebel Governance: Revolutionary…

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Kimberly Howe and colleagues review the effects of foreign aid on rebel governance
May 30, 2019

Allison Carnegie, Kimberly Howe, Adam Lichtenheld, and Dipali Mukhopadhyay published “The Effects of Foreign Aid on Rebel Governance: Evidence from a Large-Scale U.S. Aid Program in Syria” with AidData in…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Localization of Humanitarian Action
By Kimberly Howe, Sabina C. Robillard | November 2019

This body of research seeks to identify the barriers and enabling factors that facilitate effective international partnerships with local and national humanitarian organizations in conflict affected countries.

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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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Feinstein Publications

Views from the Ground: Perspectives on Localization in the Horn of Africa
Report on Localization

This study interrogates the assumptions that underpin a localized response, and identifies the factors that enable and hinder local actors in providing a high-quality, principled, and effective response in three countries in the Horn of Africa: Kenya, Somalia/Somaliland, and South Sudan.

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“Young people are the fulcrum of the community”: Youth experiences and aspirations in four districts of Karamoja, Uganda

This report presents findings on the experiences and aspirations of male and female youth as they interact with the economic and aid systems in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda. This…

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