Chris Howard graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Duke University in 1983 with a B.A. degree in History. He later earned his M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in Political Science from MIT. Chris has taught at the College since 1993. Recent course offerings include The American Welfare State, Research Methods, and Race and Inequality in American Politics. Students in this last course also participate in the Sharpe Community Service Program by tutoring students from the local schools. Starting in August 2007, Chris will be the Pamela Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy.