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Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion; Director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures; Dean’s Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Diplomacy

Mai’a K. Davis Cross is the Dean’s Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Diplomacy in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. She researches international cooperation, especially in the areas of European foreign and security policy, epistemic communities, crises, diplomacy, and public diplomacy.

She is the author or co-editor of five books, including most recently: European-Russian Power Relations in Turbulent Times (University of Michigan Press, in 2021) and The Politics of Crisis in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She is the winner of the Best Book Prize from the University Association of Contemporary European Studies for Security Integration in Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2011). Her current single-authored book under contract with Oxford University Press is entitled, “International Cooperation in the Ultrasocial World.” It draws upon new insights about human nature from evolutionary biology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, anthropology, among others, to examine the underlying causes and processes that have led to unanticipated instances of international cooperation across time.

In addition to these major works, Professor Cross has also written over 45 articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including European defense, counter-terrorism, crises, intelligence sharing, and space. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University and a PhD from Princeton University.

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  • Nobel Peace Institute Fellow, 2016
  • Best Book Prize for Security Integration in Europe from the University Association for Contemporary European Studies, 2012
  • American Political Science Association Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Recognition, 2012
  • USC Learning Environment Award for teaching using technology, 2012
  • Winner of the USC Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2011. (given to one junior faculty member university-wide each year)
  • Fulbright Fellow, 2009



  • For a complete list, please see CV.
  • Journal of European Integration – Editor, 2018-present
  • Palgrave Studies in International Relations – Series Editor, 2016-2021
  • Council on Foreign Relations – Term Member, 2014-2019
  • European Security – Editorial Board, 2019-present
  • The Hague Journal of Diplomacy – International Advisory Board, 2014-present
  • Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael – Senior Visiting Fellow, 2012-present
  • Palgrave Studies in International Relations – Series Editor, 2016-2021
  • Place Branding and Public Diplomacy – Editorial Board, 2012-present
  • Education

    PhD, 2005, Politics
    Princeton University

    BA, Government
    Harvard University

  • Contact

  • Address

    420 Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

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