Kimberly Howe

Kimberly Howe

(617) 838-5328
Research/Areas of Interest:

Mixed research methodologies in insecure settingsSubnational patterns of governance
Armed groups and trajectories of violence
The well-being and resilience of conflict affected civilians
Politics of humanitarianism and international systems
The Syria crisis


  • PhD in International Relations, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, United States, 2012
  • Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, United States, 2007
  • Master of Social Work, Simmons College School of Social Work, United States, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Simmons College, United States, 1996


Kimberly Howe leads and contributes to a range of research projects at Feinstein. 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.
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