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Justin Haner

Doctoral Candidate

Justin Haner is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in international relations and comparative politics. He has a strong background and interest in global governance and international security. Justin is currently a Teaching Assistant for the Comparative Politics class.

Research Interests

Justin’s research focuses on topics at the intersection of global governance and international security. Justin uses quantitative techniques and archival research to highlight the security benefits gained from multilateral cooperation and the importance of defending the rules-based international order against rising isolationism and ongoing efforts to undermine international law. From traditional security issues to artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, Justin studies the transformative power that international law and institutions can have on solving complex global and regional security problems.Justin has previously studied regime change and terrorism.

Prior Work

Prior to starting his Ph.D. at Northeastern, Justin was a Captain in the United States Army Infantry. He served as the Executive Officer to the United Nations Command Honor Guard in the Republic of Korea where he led a multinational force in providing security and support for various high-level diplomats. Justin also served as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader where he led a multinational rapid response unit just south of the Demilitarized Zone.


Justin originally came to Northeastern for undergraduate study in 2007. He played rugby for the school, participated in the ROTC program, and worked for the Center for Academic Student Services as a tutor. Justin also spent a semester volunteering in Argentina and Peru, and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America. He graduated in 2012 with a BA in International Affairs and a BS in Criminal Justice. Outside of his academic work, Justin enjoys traveling, chess, and skiing.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Justin Haner and Denise Garcia “The Artificial Intelligence Arms Race: Trends and World Leaders in Autonomous Weapons Development”, Global Policy(2019). DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12713

Conference Presentations

“Breaking Botnets: A Quantitative Analysis of Global Cybersecurity Policies” International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada (March 27-30, 2019)

“Defeating Distributed Cyber-Attacks: Multilateral Defense Systems for Global Cyber-Threats” International Studies Association – South, Ashland, VA (October 12-13, 2018)

“Lethal Artificial Intelligence Systems and the Implications for International Relations” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Security Studies Collaborative Research Cluster, Boston, MA (August 30 – September 2, 2018)

“Regime Type and Domestic Terrorism.” Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA (November 9-11, 2017)

“Transitional Theory of Terrorism.” International Studies Association – Northeast Annual Convention, Providence, RI (November 3-4, 2017)

“Terror in Transition: An Analysis of Regime Type, Regime Change, and Domestic Terrorism.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Northeastern Security Studies Working Group, San Francisco, CA (August 31 – September 3, 2017)


Degrees you’ve earned and institution:

MA, Political Science, Northeastern University

BA, International Affairs, Northeastern University

BS, Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

Research Interests: Global Governance, International Security, Intergovernmental Organizations, Regionalism, Federalism, European Security, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Environmental Security, Regime Change, and Terrorism.

Contact info:
960A Renaissance Park
Website: "http://JustinKHaner.com>JustinKHaner.com

Curriculum Vitae