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 currently teaches International Relations and Research Methods at Northeastern.
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His 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.
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
Articles Under Review
Justin Haner and Rob Knake “Breaking Botnets: A Quantitative Analysis of Individual, Technical, Isolationist, and Multilateral Approaches to Cybersecurity”
“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 warfare, international law, great power conflicts, grand strategy, global and regional intergovernmental organizations, and cybersecurity.
More Student Paths
- Savita is from Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
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...