Marc Morjé Howard lives in the Washington DC area with his wife, Lise Morjé Howard, a Georgetown professor who focuses on international conflict and UN peacekeeping, and their two children. Marc and Lise met as Ph.D. students at Berkeley.
Marc is a dual citizen of the United States and France, the son of a French librarian mother and American philosopher father. He grew up mainly in Port Jefferson, New York, but spent every summer of his childhood in Normandy with his grandparents, and several sabbatical years in Paris with his parents. He is a native speaker of both English and French, and he speaks exclusively in French with both his parents and his children (who are fully bi-national and bilingual as well) He has also lived for several years in Germany (mainly Berlin) while a student and conducting field research, and for nearly a year in Russia (both Moscow and St. Petersburg), and he is fluent in German and Russian.
Marc has been and remains very active in the sport of tennis. He was a four-year starter on the Yale University men's tennis team (1989-93), elected team Captain his junior and senior years, received every Yale men's tennis award, and led the Yale team to a share of the Ivy League title in 1993. He was an occasional practice partner of Ivan Lendl and Andrei Chesnokov, while they were still competing on the ATP tour (1991-93), and he was even bitten in the leg by Lendl's dog. He also helped the Yale/Harvard tennis team defeat Oxford/Cambridge in the Prentice Cup, the second oldest international tennis competition, in August 1992. And he served as Assistant Coach of the Georgetown University men's tennis team for two years (2005-07). Having grown up developing his game playing tournaments on the legendary summer circuit in Normandy, Marc still plays in open professional tournaments there in the summers, where his two children compete as well.
Marc has published several tennis-related articles in prominent outlets:
“The Tennis Chain-Saw Miracle”
“Lessons in Integrity with
San Quentin State Prison's Tennis Team”