Dr Mai’a K. Davis Cross is Senior Researcher at the ARENA Centre for European Studies in Oslo where she researches issues of European integration, security, foreign policy, diplomacy, and public diplomacy. Her most recent book is Security Integration in Europe: How Knowledge-based Networks are Transforming the European Union (University of Michigan Press, 2011), which is the 2012 winner of the Best Book Prize from the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. This book examines how epistemic communities of diplomats, military officials, scientists, and crisis management experts in Europe promote EU security integration. She is also the author of a previous book, The European Diplomatic Corps: Diplomats and International Cooperation from Westphalia to Maastricht (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). She has a forthcoming edited book entitled European Public Diplomacy: Soft Power at Work (Palgrave 2013), and is currently working on a new book project with the working title The Politics of Crisis in Europe. She has also published numerous articles and book chapters. Dr Cross holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University. In 2009, she was a Fulbright fellow as well as a visiting fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies.