PhD Alumna in Political Science
Graduated in 2021
Maria Robson received her PhD in Political Science at Northeastern University in 2021. 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 developed a course tailoring social science research methods for intelligence analysis graduate students. She has worked 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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- 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...
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- 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...