PhD Candidate in Political Science
The Experiential PhD has allowed Maria to apply her political science research skills and intelligence analysis research (which is her dissertation focus) for work at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. Maria is currently working as a Lecturer for the MS in Intelligence Analysis program in Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs. In this position, she is developing a course tailoring social science research methods for intelligence analysis graduate students. Concurrently, she is working at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Research Assistant for the Intelligence Project, a program housed within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Both positions have proven ideal opportunities for Maria to apply her PhD research interests in private sector intelligence and her research skills acquired within Northeastern’s Political Science PhD program.
Related Schools & Departments
Maria’s dissertation research focuses on the expansion of intelligence cooperation to encompass private sector intelligence analysts.
Maria previously worked as a private sector intelligence analyst in the energy industry in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Maria holds a Master’s in Military, Security, and Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary, where her thesis explored the historical development of Canadian signals intelligence, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations, Economics, and History from the University of Toronto, both in her home country of Canada.
Robson, Maria A. “The third eye: Canada’s development of autonomous signals intelligence to contribute to Five Eyes intelligence sharing”. 2020. Intelligence and National Security.
Robson, Maria A. “Risk Analysis Beyond Government Agencies: Conceptualizing Private Sector Intelligence”. 2019. Journal of European and American Intelligence 1(2): 31-48.
Robson, Maria. “Signals in the Sea: The Value of Ultra Intelligence in the Mediterranean during World War II”. 2014. Journal of Intelligence History 13(2): 176-188.
Dau, Luis A, Elizabeth M. Moore, Maria A. Robson. “Strategic Collaboration within Competitive Industries: Private Sector Intelligence” in Managing Interpartner Risks in Strategic Alliances, T. K. Das (ed.). City University of New York, 2019, 239-256.
Dau, Luis A, Elizabeth M. Moore, Amilcar A. Barreto, Maria A. Robson. “Economic Nationalism and International Business” in International Firms’ Economic Nationalism and Trade Policies in the Globalization Era, Harish Chandan and Bryan Christiansen (eds.). IGI Global, 2019, 1-15.
Robson, Maria A. “Review: The Debs of Bletchley Park, by Michael Smith”. 2018. Journal of Intelligence and National Security 33(4): 629-630.
Conference Presentations and Guest Lectures
28 presentations, with the most recent including:
(1) “Expanding Intelligence Cooperation: Incorporating Public-Private Partnerships” • American Political Science Association (APSA), 2020
(2) “Asymmetric Alliances: Understanding International Intelligence Cooperation through Rational Choice” • Southern Political Science Association • Puerto Rico, 2020
(3) “Private Sector Analyst Survey” • Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals • Washington, DC, 2019, (4) “Sharing Despite Asymmetric Capabilities: The Value of Canadian Signals Intelligence to the UKUSA Intelligence-Sharing Alliance” • Cryptologic Symposium • Laurel, Maryland
(5) “Collecting Foreign Intelligence: The Establishment of Autonomous Canadian Signals Intelligence” • Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project • Ottawa, Canada
(6) Roundtable Panelist: “The View from 10,000 Feet: A Discussion on the Intelligence Education–Environment Interface in the U.S.” • International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) • New York, USA
Research Interests: International security and intelligence sharing, applying international relations theory and economic theory to how states share intelligence to further national security
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- Law school is a big investment. That’s why Chinma was attracted to NU and the co-op process, which has allowed her to experience the legal environment before committing to the practice.
- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
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- 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...
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- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...