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Summer Marion

Doctoral Student

Marion for NEU Bio-2Summer Marion is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in International Relations and Public Policy, with a focus on global governance and public health. Summer is a Visiting Graduate Student at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, under the T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Global Health and Population for the 2017-2018 academic year. Summer serves as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to International Relations at Northeastern, and has been a Teaching Fellow and curriculum designer for several online courses on National Security and the Press, Humanitarian Response, Global Health, and Education Policy at Harvard University.

Research Interests

Summer’s current research interests fall at the intersection of global health and security, with a focus on the influence of philanthropies in health emergency response. Her previous work has examined topics in global governance, humanitarian response, social resilience to violent extremism, and the role of the press in United States foreign policy.

Prior Work

Before joining the PhD program, Summer devoted three years to designing, producing, and teaching online courses in her fields of expertise at Harvard University, where she partnered with faculty from the Kennedy School of Government, Department of Government, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Her work included both Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs). Previously, Summer held editorial positions at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and various academic and policy journals, served as a teaching fellow at Harvard University, and a researcher for West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.


Summer is from North Carolina, where she spent her early years before beginning a slow trek up the east coast. She received her BA from the College of William & Mary in International Relations with a concentration in Economics, following which she spent three years based in Washington, D.C., working in international journalism. Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy brought Summer to Boston in 2011 – where she earned her master’s degree, fell in love with New England fall, and became happy to call herself a northeast transplant. Summer enjoys spending her spare time with family in North Carolina and New York, running, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors.

Selected Publications

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, August 29, 2017.

“From Athens to America: Democratic Resilience in War”. In fulfillment of MALD requirements, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2015.

“Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press: Small Private Online Course Project Report”. White paper informing HarvardX Small Private Online Course strategy. January 27, 2014 (updated June 2015).

“International Engagement—and its Discontents?” Op-ed. The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Web Edition, May 8, 2012.

“Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Darfur, the LRA”. Interview and analysis for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Untold Stories, Co-published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, September 23, 2010.

Journal Editor

Journal of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (2011-2013)
The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Tufts University (2011-2012)

Conference Presentations and Guest Lectures

“Purchasing Power? Global Health Crises, Non-State Funding, and WHO Reform,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. September 2017.

“Blended Learning” HarvardX Faculty Academy Workshop Series, July 2014 – January 2015.

“Storyboarding for Instructional Design,” HarvardX Workshop, August 7, 2013.

“Civic Engagement through International Reporting” Developing World Gallery Keynote Address (with Kate Seche), The College of William & Mary, April 5, 2011.

“From Information to Engagement: Connecting Your Students to Underreported Issues Around the Globe,” National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference (with Kate Seche), November 13, 2010.

“Ethics and Standards in International Reporting,” Guest lecture, William & Mary in Washington Semester Program (with Ann Peters), September 17, 2010.

“From Information to Engagement: Connecting Your Students to Underreported Issues Around the Globe,” Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference presentation (with Nathalie Applewhite), July 9, 2010.


Degrees earned and institutions:

BA, International Relations, Economics concentration, College of William & Mary

MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Research Interests: Global Governance, Global Health, Organizational Theory, Disaster & Social Capital, and International Security

Contact info:
225M Renaissance Park
Twitter: @summermarion

Curriculum Vitae