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Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science & International Affairs

Mai’a K. Davis Cross researches international cooperation, especially in the areas of European foreign and security policy, epistemic communities, crises, diplomacy, and public diplomacy. She is the author of three books: The Politics of Crisis in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Security Integration in Europe: How Knowledge-based Networks are Transforming the European Union (University of Michigan Press, 2011), and The European Diplomatic Corps: Diplomats and International Cooperation from Westphalia to Maastricht (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Her second book was the 2012 winner of the Best Book Prize from the University Association of Contemporary European Studies. She is also co-editor of (with Jan Melissen), European Public Diplomacy: Soft Power at Work (Palgrave, 2013), a special journal issue (with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski), Europe’s Hybrid Foreign Policy: The Ukraine-Russia Crisis (Journal of Common Market Studies, 2016), and (with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski) European-Russian Power Relations in Turbulent Times (University of Michigan Press, in press). Her current single-authored book project is entitled, “The Ultrasocial World: International Cooperation Against All Odds,” which 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, Dr. Cross has also written over 40 articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including European defense, counter-terrorism, crises, intelligence sharing, and space.

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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-present
  • 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 Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy – Editorial Board, 2012-present
  • Place Branding and Public Diplomacy – Editorial Board, 2012-present
  • Education

    PhD, 2005, Politics
    Princeton University

    BA, Government
    Harvard University

  • Contact

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    920 Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Spring 2021: By appointment