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Summer Marion

Doctoral Candidate

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Summer Marion is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in International Relations and Public Policy with a focus on global health governance. At Northeastern, she has served as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to International Relations and a course on Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs. Previously, Summer was a Teaching Fellow and curriculum designer for courses on National Security and the Press, Humanitarian Response, Global Health, Cyber Security, and Education Policy at Harvard University. She was a Visiting Graduate Student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Global Health and Population during the 2017-2018 academic year.


Research Interests

Summer’s current research interests fall at the intersection of global health and security, with a focus on the shifting role of philanthropies in health emergency response. Her previous work examines topics in global governance, humanitarian response, social resilience, and U.S. foreign policy.

Prior Work

Summer began her career in journalism, holding editorial positions at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and various academic and policy journals. Prior to her time at Northeastern, she devoted three years to designing, producing, and teaching online courses in her fields of expertise at Harvard University, where she partnered with faculty from the Kennedy School of Government, Department of Government, and T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Additionally, she has worked as a research consultant for Harvard University and West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.


Originally from North Carolina, Summer is a proud alumna of the College of William & Mary, where she received a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Economics. She has since lived and worked first in Washington, D.C., then in Boston, where she initially moved to pursue a master’s degree from Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors.

Selected Publications

High Ground: Disaster, Risk, and Resilience in the Philippines.”Editor. Case study and photo essay by Aubrey P. Graham and Kriszia Enriquez. DisasterNet Program on Resilient Communities, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. November 28, 2017.

Book Review: The Power Behind Global Health.” Review of Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? By Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar (Oxford University Press 2017). With Michael R. Snyder. Global Observatory, August 29, 2017.

“International Engagement—and its Discontents?” Op-ed. The Fletcher Forum of World AffairsWeb Edition, May 8, 2012.

“Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Darfur, the LRA”. Interview and analysis for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingUntold Stories, Co-published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for ScholarsSeptember 23, 2010.

Journal Editor

Journal of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (2011-2013)
The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Tufts University (2011-2012)

Conference Presentations and Invited talks

“Co-opting the Climate? The Power of Issue Framing and Environmental Policy,” with Aeshna Badruzzaman and Sidita Kushi. Paper accepted to Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 2018.

“Purchasing Power? Global Health Crises, Non-State Funding, and WHO Reform,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. September 2017.

“Blended Learning” HarvardX Faculty Academy Workshop Series facilitator, July 2014 – January 2015.

“Storyboarding for Instructional Design,” HarvardX Workshop, August 7, 2013.

“Civic Engagement through International Reporting” Developing World Gallery Keynote Address, The College of William & Mary. April 2011.

“From Information to Engagement: Connecting Your Students to Underreported Issues Around the Globe,” National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Denver, CO. November 2010.

“From Information to Engagement: Connecting Your Students to Underreported Issues Around the Globe,” Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference, Bethesda, MD. July 2010.

Degree earned and Institutions

BA, International Relations, Economics concentration, College of William & Mary

MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Research Interests: Global Governance, Global Health, Disaster & Social Capital, Human Security

Contact info:
225M Renaissance Park
Twitter: @summermarion

Curriculum Vitae