Marilyn Maines is a part-time Senior Advisor at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Maines's education includes BA and MA degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Chicago in Russian Language and Russian Area Studies. Her experience includes over 30 years of government service in the Intelligence Community working on a wide range of issues as an analyst, linguist, manager, and senior executive. Her assignments have included support to the National Intelligence Council, management of a large Proliferation Office, and leading the Nuclear Negotiations Section on the Arms Control Intelligence Staff. While on the Arms Control Staff, she participated in US delegations to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan as part of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction initiatives.
Following government service, Ms. Maines moved to the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) to conduct research in sociocultural analysis and modeling, exploring how social and cultural variables in foreign countries impact WMD decision making. She has also conducted studies on how cultural factors and values impact social unrest and political instability, examining data in social media and using techniques for sentiment analysis developed at CASL. Ms. Maines has collaborated with Dr. Johnson at Utah State University on the development of the Cultural Topography Analytic Framework and is currently working with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kartchner on a joint UMD–USU research project on using the CTAF to examine nuclear intentions of over-the-horizon countries.