Featuring William Howell

What does leadership look like in a pandemic, and what legitimate powers can the president exercise in managing the government’s response? No matter what your party affiliation, you will want to join William Howell for an assessment of the American presidency in light of COVID-19, moderated by Sadia Sindhu.

Event Details

6:30–7:30 p.m. CDT

Registration for this event is free but required.

Contact alumni@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.

Featured Faculty


William Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the College, and the director of the Center for Effective Government. He has written widely on separation of powers and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He currently is working on research projects on President Obama’s education initiatives, distributive politics, and the normative foundations of executive power.

Howell is the author, most recently, of Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (Basic Books, 2016). He is also the author, with Saul Jackman and Jon Rogowski, of The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and, with David Brent, Thinking About the Presidency: The Primacy of Power (Princeton University Press, 2013). He also is the coauthor, with Jon Pevehouse, of While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers (Princeton University Press, 2007); author of Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action (Princeton University Press, 2003); coauthor, with Paul Peterson, of The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (Brookings Institution Press, 2002); coauthor, with John Coleman and Ken Goldstein, of an introductory American politics textbook series; and editor of additional volumes on the presidency and school boards. His research has also appeared in numerous professional journals and edited volumes.

Howell has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation. He is the recipient, among other academic awards, of the William Riker Award for the best book in political economy, the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress, the Richard Neustadt Award for the best book on the American presidency, and the E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American politics. He has written for a wide variety of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Education Week, and Education Next.


Sadia Sindhu is the executive director of the Center for Effective Government. She has served in a variety of strategic roles in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the director of the UChicago Civic Leadership Academy. In this role, she served as the lead strategist on all matters related to the execution, enhancement, and growth of the Civic Leadership Academy at Harris and across the University.

Sindhu has also worked at Rothschild Global Advisory, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Human Capital Research Corporation. She holds an MS in higher education policy from Northwestern University and a BSFS in international politics from Georgetown University.