PhD Candidate in Political Science
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 has taught International Relations and Research Methods at Northeastern.
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Justin’s research is focused on topics at the intersection of international security and global governance. He uses advanced quantitative techniques paired with archival research to highlight the security benefits of 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’s studies focus on the transformative power that international law and institutions can have on solving complex global and regional security problems.
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 completed his undergraduate study at Northeastern University, where his curiosity about international security and justice led him to concurrently earn a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in International Affairs. In 2010, he spent a semester volunteering at an orphanage in Argentina and planting old-growth trees in the Peruvian Amazon. While no longer in the armed forces, Justin continues his public service as a Representative Town Meeting member in Walpole, MA. he has co-sponsored and fought for two pieces of legislation that have been passed into law. The first was a resolution to get his town to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The second was a pair of articles to update the elected official titles to make them gender-neutral to encourage a more inclusive and diverse group of local leaders.
Haner, J.K., Knake, R.K., “Breaking Botnets: A Quantitative Analysis of Individual, Technical, Isolationist, and Multilateral Approaches to Cybersecurity”, Journal of Cybersecurity (2021), Volume 7 (1). DOI: 10.1093/cybsec/tyab003
Haner, J.K., Garcia, D. “The Artificial Intelligence Arms Race: Trends and World Leaders in Autonomous Weapons Development”, Global Policy (2019), Volume 10 (3), pp. 331-337. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12713
Articles Under Review
Justin Haner and Rob Knake “Breaking Botnets: A Quantitative Analysis of Individual, Technical, Isolationist, and Multilateral Approaches to Cybersecurity”
“Quantifying Anarchy in International Relations: Computational Treaty Analysis” Junior Scholar Symposium, International Studies Association Annual Convention, Nashville, TN (March 30 – April 2)
“Organizing Peace: Reducing International Systemic Disorder and the Chance of War” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (September 10 – 13, 2020)
“Organizing Nations: A Quantitative Analysis of International Organization, War, and Peace” Academic Council on the United Nations System Annual Meeting, London, United Kingdom (June 25 – 27, 2020)
“Breaking Botnets: A Quantitative Analysis of Global Cybersecurity Policies” International Studies Association Annual Convention, 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)
Co-organizer, Panel Chair, and Discussant: International Security Graduate Student Conference. Boston, MA (February 23, 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 earned and institution:
MA, Political Science, Northeastern University
BA, International Affairs, Northeastern University
BS, Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Mixed-methods analysis of international security and global governance topics, including: interstate war, international law, great power conflicts, global and regional intergovernmental organizations, lethal autonomous weapons, and cybersecurity.
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Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...
- Casey took “Global Markets and Local Cultures'' with the late Professor Jeffrey Juris. After traveling, she saw how the coursework mirrored reality, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- Casey went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay. She wanted to become fluent in Spanish, and she did become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey did her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Community Arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for the local communities.
- Casey joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- Casey joined the Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that organizes protests urging political action for climate justice issues. With them, she truly felt like a part of the local Boston community.
- Casey worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more. ..
- Northeastern has provided Sunita with interdisciplinary opportunities to utilize her education in the Greater Boston community, on co-op, and abroad.
- Sunita spent Summer 2019 on a Dialogue of Civilizations in Jordan and Egypt. It helped her realize her interest in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Her favorite class, Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- Her first co-op was at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Her second co-op at Enel X provided insight into battery storage, solar and wind farms, demand response, and the economic incentives that drive the energy market.
- In spring 2019, Sunita joined the Student Alliance for Prison Reform as well as Partakers, a partner of the club, where she mentored a prisoner at MCI Concord.
- Sunita is a member of the International Relations Council and has traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...