Howard Ehrlich is the director of The Prejudice Institute/Center for the Applied Study of Ethnoviolence. The Institute is the successor to the National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence where Ehrlich served as research director for seven years. The work of the Institute, a nonprofit institution involving the major disciplines of the social sciences and law, is organized around ten projects. These include: studies of the social and psychological effects of victimization; the nature of violent attitudes and behavior; the nature of prejudice, conflict, and ethnoviolence as they are played out in college campus and workplace settings; and the role of the news media in communicating prejudice. This is a program of action research emphasizing the application of scientific knowledge in building programs of education, prevention, and response. Dr. Ehrlich is the author of seven books including Reinventing Anarchy, Again. His influential book, The Social Psychology of Prejudice, has been used by many as a basis for programs of intervention and prejudice reduction. His recent works include Intergroup Tensions and Ethnoviolence in the Workplace: A Manual for Trainers (1993) --which contains extensive materials on gender harassment and modes of conflict resolution--and Race and Ethnic Conflict: Contending Views on Prejudice, Discrimination, and Ethnoviolence (1999. 2nd edition).
Before moving to Baltimore, he was a Professor of Sociology and the director of the Graduate Program in Social Psychology at the University of Iowa. In Baltimore, he spent ten years as a consultant to social change-oriented community organizations and as the coordinator of a city-wide adult learning network focused on survival, self-help, and self-development skills. As part of that network, he taught courses in food and cooking, and published Fast Breads, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate and a selection of the Better Homes and Garden Book Club. He also served one year as Executive Director of the Maryland Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and four years as a board member of Nuclear Free America, a clearinghouse for nuclear free zones. In addition to his professional writings, his op-ed pieces have appeared in newspapers nationally. From 1976-1992, he was a regular reviewer for Choice, the review magazine of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
For twenty years, from 1972-1992, Ehrlich was executive co-producer of the nationally syndicated Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy. The Conspiracy, a weekly program which presented documentary radio and an alternative perspective on public affairs and the radical arts, was the recipient of nine national awards including three from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. In 1981, following the publication of his first anthology of anarchist writing, he began the magazine, Social Anarchism. Described as the premiere anarchist intellectual journal in English, it has been in continuous publication since its beginning. It is designed on the model of a professional journal with all articles refereed by a national board of editors.
In 1994, Howard Ehrlich was named the recipient of the Sociological Practice Award of the Society of Applied Sociology. In its announcement, the Society recognized Ehrlich's "unique combination of applied research, community service, and social activism," and commended him for his recent work "to comfort the victims of hate crimes, reduce racial tensions, and educate the public about the nature of and prevalence of ethnoviolence."