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James P. Howard, II

Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University

I am a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Previously, I worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as an internal consultant on scientific computing. I have also been a consultant to numerous government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Executive Office of the President, and the United States Department of Homeland Security. I am a passionate educator, teaching mathematics and statistics at the University of Maryland Global Campus since 2010 and have taught public management at Central Michigan University, Penn State, and the University of Baltimore.

I am fortunate to play in everyone else’s backyard. My most recent published scholarship has modeled the population of Earth-orbiting satellites, analyzed the risks of flood insurance, predicted disruptive events, and sought to understand small business cybersecurity. I have written two books on my work and am currently co-editing two more.

In my spare time, I serve Howard County, Maryland, as a member of the Board of Appeals and the Watershed Stewards Academy Advisory Committee of the University of Maryland Extension. Prior volunteer experience includes providing economic advice to the Columbia Association, establishing an alumni association for the College Park Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, and serving on numerous public and private volunteer advisory boards.


  • 2010–present
    Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • 2016–present
    Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • 2014–2016
    Adjunct Faculty, University of Baltimore


  • 2019 
    The Johns Hopkins University, MS / Environmental Engineering and Science
  • 2014 
    University of Maryland Baltimore County, PhD / Public Policy
  • 2008 
    University of Baltimore, MPA / Public Policy
  • 2002 
    University of Maryland, College Park, BS / Mathematics