Dr. Howard holds a Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. At NMSU he focused on policy research and analysis, but also learned a little about law, forensic anthropology, and criminal investigation. At the University of Delaware he focused on criminology theory and theories of social inequality. His doctoral dissertation was an examination of neighborhood effects on graduation from a Delaware drug court program.
While at New Mexico State, Dr. Howard worked on an evaluation of a drug court program. At Delaware he worked at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies on several state- and federally-funded programs, including an intervention for college drinking behaviors and a suicide prevention and awareness program.
Dr. Howard has also worked for Westat, a research organization outside Washington, D.C., and has taught as an adjunct professor for the University of Delaware, Temple University, and several other area institutions.