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

At the age of 12, Wally Amos moved to Harlem, N.Y. to live with his Aunt Della, who never failed to fill their home with the sweet aroma of her special chocolate chip cookie recipe –– a recipe that would eventually drive Amos to make his own cookies, along with the country’s first ever cookie-only retail store in Hollywood, Calif. in 1975.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
It’s a struggle that women continue to face, landing leadership roles and having the support to succeed at work.
Pushback on DEI initiatives and reversal of affirmative action could ‘set back African-American economic-mobility prospects by decades,’ one expert says
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.

Articles Featuring Tiffiany Howard

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | September 1, 2023

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

U.N.L.V.'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

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.