Adam Howard, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of the Office of the Historian (OH) at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State. The Office publishes the congressionally-mandated Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, the official documentary history of U.S. foreign relations, and prepares historical studies on U.S. diplomacy, foreign affairs matters, and institutional history for use by policymakers. Office historians teach historical components for Department and interagency personnel as well as work closely with other federal government history offices, the academic historical community, and specialists across the globe.
Previously, Dr. Howard served from 2012-2019 in OH as the General Editor of the FRUS series, supervising the research, compilation, declassification, editing, and publishing of nearly 100 FRUS volumes during his tenure. Prior to that, he served from 2009-2012 as OH’s Chief of the Middle East and Asia division, supervising the production of FRUS volumes covering those two geographic regions.
Dr. Howard has previously won the Department’s Superior Honor Award, two Meritorious Honor Awards, and a Quality Step Increase Award.
Prior to joining the Department of State, he earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Florida.