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Mai'a Cross, Dr

Northeastern University, Political Science

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United States

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Politics & International Relations


Professor Cross regularly does radio interviews and writes op-eds. Most recently she has published two op-eds in the Washington Post on Brexit and the election of Macron. She is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Mai'a K. Davis Cross is the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University. She holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, and a bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University. Her current research, which will be her fourth single-authored book is entitled, The Ultrasocial World: International Cooperation Against All Odds. Her three previous books are: The Politics of Crisis in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Security Integration in Europe: How Knowledge-based Networks are Transforming the European Union (University of Michigan Press, 2011), and The European Diplomatic Corps: Diplomats and International Cooperation from Westphalia to Maastricht (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Her second book is the 2012 winner of the Best Book Prize from the University Association of Contemporary European Studies. Professor Cross is also co-editor (with Jan Melissen) of European Public Diplomacy: Soft Power at Work (Palgrave, 2013), and (with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski) Europe's Hybrid Foreign Policy: The Ukraine-Russia Crisis (special issue, Journal of Common Market Studies, 2017). She is currently a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.