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Maria Robson

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.

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Research Interests

Maria’s dissertation research focuses on the expansion of intelligence cooperation to encompass private sector intelligence analysts.

Prior Work

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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