New Faces of Political Science Faculty

September 05, 2013

The Political Science department has expanded significantly with the addition of five new faculty members in 2013 in international politics and public administration.


Max Abrahms (PhD UCLA) is a specialist in international terrorism and conflicts involving non-state actors. He joins Northeastern University from Johns Hopkins University, where he was previously a postdoctoral fellow in Political Science. Professor Abrahms is a frequent terrorism analyst in the media, especially on the consequences of terrorism, its motives, and the implications for counterterrorism strategy.

Nicholas Beauchamp (PhD NYU) specializes in computational methods in political science.  He was previously a lecturer at Columbia University. Professor Beauchamp’s dissertation developed new techniques in text analysis to model the interplay between speech, belief, and behavior in legislatures, campaign advertising, and online communication.

Mai’a Davis Cross (PhD Princeton) is a leading expert in European security and European Union governance. Professor Cross was previously assistant professor at University of Southern California, where she taught in its signature MA program in public diplomacy. Professor Cross is on leave in 2013-14 pursuing her research at the ARENA think tank in Norway, and will begin teaching in Fall 2014.

Benedict Jimenez
 (PhD Illinois-Chicago) is an expert in state and local public finance. He will be teaching courses in public administration at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor Jimenez joins Northeastern from Rutgers-Newark, where he was assistant professor of public administration.

Dov Waxman (PhD Johns Hopkins) is a leading scholar of Israeli politics and will be co-director of Northeastern University’s Mideast Center. Professor Waxman was previously associate professor at CUNY Baruch College. He is a frequent media commentator on Israeli and Middle East affairs. The department is excited to welcome so many new faculty to the department, greatly strengthening its profile in international politics, security studies, and public administration. He will begin teaching Fall 2014.

In addition, the department will host two visitors in 2013-14. Mark Lichbach (PhD Northwestern) is a leading scholar of comparative politics with current projects on civil war, religion in politics, and democratization. He is on leave from University of Maryland-College Park, where he was department chair. Ryan Kennedy (PhD Ohio State) is assistant professor at University of Houston. He joins the LAZER Lab to work on a research project on predicting elections worldwide. He has published research in leading journals on topics such as East European politics and international policy diffusion.

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