September 6, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Education theorist William Howell will speak on "The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools," at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of the President at Amherst College, Howell 's talk is free and open to the public.

An associate professor of government at Harvard University and deputy director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance, Howell has written on a variety of education policy initiatives, including school vouchers, charter schools and the recent No Child Left Behind Act. He is the co-author of The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (2002) and the editor of Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics (2005). He has also written on the presidency, and is the author of Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action (2003) and the special editor of the September 2005 edition of Presidential Studies Quarterly, which is focused on the topic of unilateral powers.

A frequent contributor to academic journals, Howell received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and went on to teach at the University of Wisconsin Madison and Harvard University. Howell was named Harvard's 2004-05 Distinguished Research Faculty Associate and C. Douglas Dillon Scholar. He is currently working with Jon Pevehouse (University of Wisconsin) on a book manuscript tentatively titled While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers, which examines how domestic political institutions constrain the president's ability to exercise military force abroad.