PhD Alumna in Political Science
Graduated in 2022
Summer received her PhD from Northeastern University in 2022. Her research focuses on global governance, international organizations, the politics of health security, and philanthropy. She is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department and a Research Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where she contributes to Pandemics and Borders, a project examining cross-border measures states have taken in response to COVID-19 and prior disease outbreaks. In support of this work, she holds a Fall 2020 Experiential Fellowship from Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Summer’s research and commentary have appeared in outlets including Global Health Governance, the Washington Post, and CNN International. She has taught extensively on topics related to International Relations, Public Policy, and Research Methods. Summer currently holds additional affiliations as a Research Associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland and Visiting Researcher at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and held a Dean’s Graduate Fellowship in the Northeastern University Humanities Center during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Related Schools & Departments
Summer’s primary research agenda focuses on the global politics of pandemics, specifically on how the private sector engages with international institutions during crises. Her dissertation, titled Governance in Crisis? Philanthropy and Policy Entrepreneurship During Global Health Emergencies, examines the mechanisms by which private foundations influence the global health policy process during widespread infectious disease outbreaks. In conducting this research, Summer built an original dataset documenting philanthropic engagement in pandemic response. Secondary research areas include U.S. foreign policy, and humanitarian response, and climate security.
Previously, Summer worked as an editor for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a researcher for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and managed curriculum development for online courses at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Department of Government. In this role, she led the design and development of the Kennedy School’s first even Massive Open Online Course and Small Private Online Course. Her professional background includes multiple research and teaching roles on topics related to international relations, public health, and social resilience to conflict and disaster.
Originally from North Carolina, Summer is a proud alumna of the College of William & Mary, where she received a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Economics. She has since lived and worked first in Washington, D.C., then in Boston, where she initially moved to complete a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors.
Peer Reviewed Publications & Work Under Review
Marion, S. “Beyond Great Power Politics: Conceptualizing Philanthropy’s Return to International Relations Through COVID-19.” Forthcoming in International Studies Review (2021). Online here.
Worsnop, C., A. Kamradt-Scott, K. Lee, K. Grépin, S. Marion, J. Piper, F. Rothery. “Legal compliance is not enough: crossborder travel and trade measures and COVID-19.” Forthcoming in International Studies Review (2021). Online here.
Grépin. K., T. Ho, Z. Liu, S. Marion, J. Piper, C. Worsnop, and K. Lee. “Evidence of the effectiveness of travel-related measures during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid systematic review.” BMJ Global Health 6, no. 3 (2021). Online here.
Marion, S. “Compartmentalized Crises? Understanding Relationships between Climate Change Discourse and Health Governance.” Global Health Governance 10, no. 1 (2020): 52-68. Online here.
Lee, K., K. Grépin, C. Worsnop, S. Marion, J. Piper, and M. Song. “Managing borders during public health emergencies of international concern: A proposed typology of cross-border measures.” Under Review (2021). Preprint online here.
Badruzzaman, A., S. Kushi, and S. Marion. “Co-opting the Climate? The Power of Issue Framing and Environmental Policy.” Under Review (2020).
Selected Policy Writing & Media Appearances
“The World Health Organization and Pandemics.” What’s New Podcast, hosted by Dan Cohen. October 13, 2020. Online here.
“How Funding the WHO Benefits US Foreign Policy,” Policy brief circulated on Capitol Hill by Georgetown University O’Neill Institute for Global Health Law. June 2, 2020. Online here.
“Withdrawing from the WHO would hurt global security – and global respect for the U.S.,” Washington Post. May 20, 2020. Online here.
“What Money Can (and Can’t) Buy for the Global Coronavirus Response.” Duck of Minerva. February 28, 2020. Online here.
Expert Commentary on global health governance, US foreign policy, and the novel coronavirus, CNN International. February 2, 2020. Online here.
“High Ground: Disaster, Risk, and Resilience in the Philippines.” Editor. Case study and photo essay by Aubrey P. Graham and Kriszia Enriquez. DisasterNet Program on Resilient Communities, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. 2017. Online here.
“Book Review: The Power Behind Global Health.” Review of Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? By Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar (Oxford University Press 2017). With Michael R. Snyder. Global Observatory. 2017. Online here.
“International Engagement—and its Discontents?” Op-ed. The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. 2012. Online here.
“Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Darfur, the LRA”. Interview and analysis for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting,co-published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 2010. Online here.
Journal of Public and
International Affairs, Princeton University
The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Tufts University (2011-2012)
Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talks
Paper Presenter (accepted). “‘Lobbying is a dirty word,’ Advocacy is Not: Philanthropy and Policy Entrepreneurship in Global Health Emergencies.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA Sept. 2020 (virtual due to COVID-19).
Discussant. International Relations and Comparative Politics Research Colloquium, Northeastern University. Boston, MA. April 2020. (Colloquium canceled due to COVID-19).
Paper Presenter (accepted). “‘Lobbying is a dirty word,’ Advocacy is Not: Philanthropy and Policy Entrepreneurship in Global Health Emergencies.” International Studies Association Annual Convention. Honolulu, HI. March 2020. (Conference canceled due to COVID-19).
Roundtable Participant (invited). “Global Implications of the Novel Coronavirus.” International Studies Association Annual Convention. Honolulu, HI. March 2020. (Conference canceled due to COVID-19).
Paper Presenter. “‘Lobbying is a dirty word,’ Advocacy is Not: Philanthropy and Policy Entrepreneurship in Global Health Emergencies.” Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Works in Progress. Boston, MA. March 2020.
Paper Presenter. “Co-opting the Climate? The Power of Issue Framing and Environmental
Policy,” with Aeshna Badruzzaman and Sidita Kushi. Western Political Science Association
Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. April 2019.
Paper Presenter. “What Drives Donors? The Power of Issue Framing and Philanthropic Giving in
Global Health,” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference. Boston, MA. March 2019.
Keynote Speaker. “Global Governance and You: How to Think Critically About International Cooperation,” United Nations Association of Greater Boston Annual Middle School Model UN Conference Keynote Address. Boston, MA. November 2018.
Paper Presenter. “Purchasing Power? Global Health Crises, Non-State Funding, and WHO
Reform,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. Sept. 2017.
Workshop Facilitator. “Blended Learning” HarvardX Faculty Academy Workshop Series, Cambridge, MA. July 2014 and January 2015.
Keynote Speaker. “Civic Engagement through International Reporting” The College of William & Mary Developing World Gallery Keynote Address. Williamsburg, VA. April 2011.
Presenter. “From Information to Engagement: Connecting Your Students to Underreported Issues
Around the Globe,” National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. Denver, CO. November 2010.
Degree Earned and Institutions
BA, International Relations, Economics concentration, College of William & Mary
MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Global governance, international organizations, crisis politics, health security, philanthropy.
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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...