Tiffiany Howard

Associate Professor, Political Science
The Migration, Demography, and Population Studies Center Initiative
Expertise: International Security, Conflict, and Terrorism, Migration and Refugee Policy, Gender and Race Studies


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

September 14, 2020
Although we’ve seen a rise in Black-owned businesses in recent years, there’s still a major disparity when it comes to Black entrepreneurship rates compared to that of whites. To be specific, as of 2017, Black or African Americans owned 2.2% of the 5.7 million employer businesses in the United States. And while there are many factors that can be attributed to this figure, commercial banks play a huge role.
Authority Magazine
August 20, 2020
…Role Models and Mentorship. This step resonates with me the most because outside of my role as an educator, mentoring both students and young people across many different fields has been one of my proudest achievements. It is essential that young African Americans have role models and mentors to learn from and to invest in them so that they can mature into great leaders and executives.
Al Jazeera America
August 17, 2020
The US presidential primary is now over, and the Democratic Party will gather virtually in the coming hours for its national convention. The event will see Joe Biden officially named the Democratic candidate for the presidential election.
Northern Nevada Business Weekly
August 13, 2020
Black Lives Matter movement advocates have called for greater investment in and support for Black-owned businesses since June when protests over George Floyd’s murder errupted across the country, including Nevada.

Articles Featuring Tiffiany Howard

Campus NewsSeptember 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
smiling black woman hangs "open" sign on the window of her business
ResearchJuly 24, 2020
UNLV political science expert Tiffiany Howard examines the lag in U.S. Black business ownership and opportunities for closing the racial wealth gap.
Refugees on a raft
Campus NewsFebruary 14, 2017
Political scientist Tiffiany Howard explains the causes and potential effects of the thousands of people fleeing Syria’s ongoing civil war.
2016 Debate flags
Campus NewsSeptember 22, 2016
Students and the Las Vegas community will gather to watch live streams of the debates leading up to the final contest Oct. 19 at UNLV.