Howard Husock

Howard Husock

Senior Fellow, Domestic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute


Howard Husock is a senior fellow in Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on municipal government, urban housing policy, civil society, and philanthropy.

Before joining AEI, Mr. Husock was vice president for research and publications at the Manhattan Institute. He has also been a director of case studies in public policy and management at the Harvard Kennedy School, a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a journalist and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker.

Mr. Husock has been widely published in policy journals and the popular press, including in The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Hill, New York Post, New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, City Journal,, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, National Affairs, Reason, The New Republic, Washington Examiner, and The Wilson Quarterly.

His books include the forthcoming “The Poor Side of Town: And Why We Need It” (Encounter Books, September 21, 2021); “Who Killed Civil Society? The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms” (Encounter Books, 2019), “Philanthropy Under Fire” (Encounter Broadsides, 2013), and “America’s Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy” (Ivan R. Dee, 2003).

Mr. Husock was a mid-career fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He holds a BS from Boston University’s School of Public Communication.



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