Senior Research Scientist in Cybersecurity and Resilience
Rob Knake is the Senior Research Scientist in Cybersecurity and Resilience at the Global Resilience Institute and the Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. His work focuses on Internet governance, public-private partnerships, and cyber conflict and his expertise includes developing presidential policy.
Knake served from 2011 to 2015 as Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council. In this role, he was responsible for the development of presidential policy on cybersecurity, and built and managed federal processes for cyber incident response and vulnerability management. Federal Computer Week dubbed him the “White House’s Cyber Wizard” for his work on Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which directed the creation of the National Institute of Standards & Technology Cybersecurity Framework. He worked to establish presidential policy that created the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center and Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations.
A frequent writer and speaker on cybersecurity, he has been quoted by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post and appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has testified before Congress on the problem of attribution in cyberspace and written and lectured extensively on cybersecurity policy.
Knake is an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy and a senior advisor to the machine learning company Context Relevant. He holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and undergraduate degrees in history and government from Connecticut College and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Co-op Research Assistant
Rachel joined the Global Resilience Institute in July 2017. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, with minors in Law and Public Policy, Social Entrepreneurship, and Political Science at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the Institute, Rachel held a position at Ashoka, working in their Global Venture and Fellowship division.
Undergrad Research Assistant
Towsif joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2017. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business, with a marketing concentration, at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the Institute, Towsif worked as a sales operations analyst at John Hancock Financial, and as a debate coach at the Boston Latin School.
Undergrad Research Assistant
Erin joined the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) in September 2017. Before studying in Almaty, Kazakhstan for the 2016-2017 academic year on a Boren Scholarship, she was a research assistant at the Center for Resilience Studies, GRI's precursor. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs with minors in Russian and History.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Betul Eksi earned her PhD degree in Sociology in January 2016 from Northeastern University. She currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Humanities Center at Northeastern University. She is also affiliated with the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. As a political sociologist, and a gender scholar, Betul’s areas of research interest include masculinities of the state, policing and security in the Middle East and militarization of the police. Her dissertation research examines the persistent centrality of multiple masculinities in the reproduction of the state institutions in Turkey. Her current research focuses on the militarization of the police in Turkey.
Co-op Research Assistant
Amanda joined the Global Resilience Institute in July 2017. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs, as well as minors in Economics and Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the Institute, Amanda held positions for the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the UK House of Commons and at Wellington Management in Boston, MA.
Undergrad Research Assistant
Alexis joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2017. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and International Affairs at Northeastern University. Alexis studied the intersections of immigration, gender, politics, and religion in Paris and Morocco in summer 2014, and Berlin in summer 2016. Prior to joining the Institute, Alexis held a position at INTERPOL, working in their Counterterrorism Division, and at Clearedge Partners.
Nathaniel joined the Global Resilience Institute in October 2017. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis at United States Coast Guard Academy and is currently earning his master’s degree in Information Assurance and Cyber Security at Northeastern. Prior to joining the Institute, Nathaniel served in positions as Executive Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter RICHARD ETHERIDGE and Operations Officer on the Cutter SANIBEL.
Doctoral Research Assistant
Lizzy Warner joined the Global Resilience Institute in July 2017 as a Doctoral Research Assistant pursuing her PhD at Northeastern University in Interdisciplinary Engineering as part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining GRI, Lizzy obtained her Master of Science degree at Rochester Institute of Technology in Sustainable Engineering with an emphasis on lifecycle assessments. Her current work focuses on combining network science tools with data science and social capital theory to understand human and social dimensions of engineering applications. In addition, Lizzy works as part of the Sustainability and Data Sciences lab at Northeastern, which emphasizes research on climate data and infrastructure systems.
Graduate Research Assistant
Ari joined the Global Resilience Institute in May 2017. He completed his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University and is currently earning his master’s degree in Security and Resilience Studies at Northeastern. Prior to joining the Institute, Ari held positions working for Congressman Bill Keating in Washington, D.C., the MBTA, and Northeastern University’s General Counsel.
Madeline is a PhD student in Counseling Psychology and a member of the Bridging the Gap Research team at Northeastern University. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Communications from Stonehill College (2015) and a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine (2017). Prior to beginning graduate school, Madeline worked as a mental health counselor in the adult inpatient psychiatric unit at Tufts Medical Center. While working towards her M.A., Madeline also worked as a clinical research assistant at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic at Bradley Hospital and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital. During that time, she administered neuropsychological test batteries and contributed to research focusing on the dissemination of treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other debilitating anxiety disorders, as well as the social impacts that influence adolescent suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Madeline completed clinical internships at Franciscan Children’s Hospital on the Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) Unit and at Riverside Community Care Life Skills Center during her M.A. training, where she served as a mental health counselor to outpatient and residential patients ranging in age from 4 to 18 years old. Madeline’s primary research interests include exploring the protective factors that encourage resilience in children and adolescents, as well as integrating community and individual resilience to violence and trauma. Madeline also has interest in the areas of pediatric psychology, pediatric anxiety, and adolescent dating violence prevention.
Kyla Van Maanen
Kyla Van Maanen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Pitzer College in 2009. After working in the film and art industry in Los Angeles for 7 years she returned to her hometown of Nahant to earn a Master’s degree in Marine Biology at Northeastern’s Marine Science center. As a seed grant research assistant at the Global Resilience Institute, Kyla researches coastal adaptation in developing nations as part of Steven Scyphers and Laura Kuhl’s study on measuring coastal resilience.
Ryan joined the Global Resilience Institute in September 2017. He is currently pursuing a PhD in network science through Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute. His research leverages tools and theory from network science, natural language processing, and communications to study the emergent phenomena of networked social movements and community resilience. Prior to joining the Institute, Ryan earned his Master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Vermont, where he worked with the Computational Story Lab through the Vermont Complex Systems Center.