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Prof. Maria G. Burns is an acclaimed author, which combines scientific, literary, and audiovisual work. She is a National Academies scholar and a proud Honorary Member of the US Coast Guard Aux.

A prolific author, she conducts multidisciplinary scientific research in the realms of political science, data science, maritime, energy, homeland security, as well as literature ( ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5241-1501 ).

Research interests:

Homeland Security, Geopolitics, Economics, Maritime, Energy

Data Science, Policy Analysis, Trends & Forecasts


Her published work includes the books:

“Port Management & Operations” (2014); "Logistics & Transportation Security" (2016); “Managing Energy Security: a Critical Infrastructure guide to resilience (2019), and Maritime Security and Operations (2021).

In addition, she has developed numerous research and training manuals for the Government (DHS/CBP/USCG), but also the maritime and energy industries.


She is a valued principal investigator with the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute, a DHS Center of Excellence, since 2015, with research Grants exceeding $500,000. Since 2018 she leads a DHS-funded educational grant and is the lead course developer for a new Academic Program comprising Undergraduate, Graduate, and Certification/Continuing Education Programs.


Prof. Burns is a certified Maritime Auditor for Security (ISPS), Safety (ISM), Quality, and the Environment. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Maritime/International Trade and Transport (London Metropolitan University, UK), and one in Political Science (University of Houston). Her Doctoral research in Political Science (University of Houston) focuses on Human Trafficking and the activities of Transnational Criminal Organizations.

Multilingual: English, Italian, French, Greek, etc.
Classic Languages: Ancient Greek & Latin
Classic Education: History, Anthropology, Music Composition.



2019   Managing Energy Security. An All Hazards Approach to Critical Infrastructure

2017   Logistics and Transportation Security A Strategic, Tactical, and Operational

           Guide to Resilience

2016   Port Management and Operations

Research Papers

2019   Ports of the Future: Why Security is the Measure of Port Intelligence

2019   Containerized cargo security at the U.S. – Mexico border: how supply chain vulnerabilities impact processing times at land ports of entry

2019   Participatory Operational & Security Assessment on Homeland Security Risks: An Empirical Research Method for Improving Security Beyond The Borders Through Public/Private Partnerships

2018   Cargo Theft and Logistics Security

2018   National Academies: The paradox of Energy Security

2014   A Texas Tale of Logistics and Transport in the Land “Where 17 Railroads Meet the Sea”, 100 Years on the Houston Ship Channel

2014   Assessing the Environmental Vulnerability Risks at major seaports: a comparative analysis between the major Ports of the US Gulf

2014   Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment of the Ballast Water Treatment Management Regulations

2014   DHS: Supply Chain Security: A Strategy to Resilience through Policies, Partnerships, and Technologies. DHS Supply Chain Security Workshop

2014   National Academies: Security in Intermodal and Marine Transportation: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Analysis

2014   Estimating the impact of maritime security: financial tradeoffs between security and efficiency

2013   National Academies: MSRAM. Effectiveness Evaluation of the Maritime Security Risk Analysis Model and the Dynamic  Risk Management Model

2013   Strategic Environmental Assessment in the Offshore Industry: An Econometric and Empirical Study

2013   National Academies: Ensuring Optimum Resilience in Marine Transportation: Extended Applications of the Maritime Security Risk Analysis Model & the Dynamic Risk Management Model

2013   Literary anthroponymy: decοding the characters of Homer’s Odyssey

2008   Cerebral evolution: The making of a genius and the theory of intellectual motivators


  • US Coast Guard Aux., Lifetime Honorary Member

  • "Port Management and Operations" Book is Ranked #3 among the "Seven Books to Better Understand the Shipping Industry," by the Maritime Executive Publishing House, and among the "Top 3 Maritime & Port Management Books" per the Marine Insight Journal.

  • “Excellence in Emergency Management Award” by the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT).

  • Certificate of Excellence, the Department of Public Safety (DPS)

  • Certificate of Excellence in Research, the University of Houston Provost's Office

  • Best Graduate Dissertation Award, Master of Science in International Trade & Transport from the London Metropolitan University, UK.

  • Best Dissertation Award from Taylor & Francis Publishers, UK for her Graduate Dissertation, LondonMet

  • Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC), Membership, whose role is to advise the Governor of Texas in matters of security.

  • Co-Founder of BTI & Thrust Lead for Education & Workforce Development, BTI Institute, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON.


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