Tiffiany Howard

Associate Professor, Political Science
Director of the Center for Migration, Demography, and Population Studies
Expertise: International security, conflict, and terrorism, Migration and refugee policy, Gender and race studies, Racial wealth gap, Entrepreneurship and small business


Tiffiany Howard is an associate professor of political science who joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas faculty in 2008. Her fields of specialization include international security; immigration and refugee policies; political violence, conflict and terrorism; and comparative analyses of race, gender, and ethnicity.

She has been awarded notable nationally recognized visiting scholar and research fellow positions, including the Council on Foreign Relations-International Affairs Fellowship (2019-2020); the Geneva Center for Security Policy-Associate Fellowship (2020); the Asser Institute-Visiting Fellowship (2020); the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation-Senior Research Fellowship (2019); the Black Mountain Institute Faculty Fellowship (Spring 2015); the Ford Foundation-Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship (2013-2014, In Residence at UCLA); and the Department of Defense-DARPA Research Fellow (2008).

Through her research, Howard has had the privilege of working at and with the United Nations, International Criminal Court, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security,  House Committee on Homeland Security, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Howard is the author of The Tragedy of Failure (Praeger Security International/ABC-CLIO, 2010) and Failed States and the Origins of Violence (Ashgate, 2014), the co-author of Sex, Power and Politics: Exploring Gender Roles, Identities and Influence throughout History (Palgrave: Forthcoming 2016), and series co-editor of  Migration, Demography and Environmental Change: Global Challenges (University of Nevada Press).  Other notable peer reviewed publications appear in Civil Wars, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the International Journal of Terrorism and Political Hot Spots, and Immigrants and Minorities.


  • Ph.D. Joint in Political Science and Public Policy, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • LL.M. University of London-University College London, (Specialization in Human Rights Law), Expected 2018
  • M.A. Political Science, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • B.A. Political Science, Florida A & M University, with honors

Tiffiany Howard In The News

Reno Gazette-Journal
It takes courage and motivation to run for office these days given the current antagonistic political climate where extremists are ready to pounce on anyone who doesn’t concur with their worldview laden with conspiracy theories and false narratives. Anyone who doesn’t agree with them 100 percent is immediately relegated to the status of imbecile at best and traitor at worst.
Quartz India
A circular dated March 3, purportedly issued by the Indian government and asking its nationals to leave Russia, has been doing the rounds on social media for the past few days. The Indian embassy in Moscow has clarified that it is fake.
National Memo
It was bad enough that Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, a moderate Democrat, was verbally assaulted in late Februaryas he was departing a restaurant with his family by a pair of bellicose men who threatened to hang him. Even more disturbing were the supportive remarks from Republican officials who lauded the attack.
Minnesota Reformer
As the 2022 midterm campaign season kicks into full gear, some experts worry the threatening rhetoric and language being supported by Republican candidates could escalate to violence.

Articles Featuring Tiffiany Howard

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine graduates line up to cross the commencement stage
Campus News | December 30, 2021

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U.N.L.V. signage with Fall leaves in the background
Business and Community | December 28, 2021

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring innovative ideas, discoveries, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.