Timothy Davis graduated from the MA International Relations Program in January 2019. He is from San Antonio, Texas and completed his undergraduate studies with a BA in Political Science and History from Texas Tech University and an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
I work at a global security company called Concentric as an Intelligence Analyst in the Global Intelligence division. I work on long-form risk assessments for clients all over the world and am leading the development of our Insider Threat program.
How did the IR Program prepare you for what you're doing now?
Dr. Helman and Professor Benaim taught incredible classes that provided applicable real-world skills. Their insistence on teaching us to learn to read, write, present, and analyze was crucial. I still find myself using the skills they taught me in both my professional and personal life.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
NYU provided me the opportunity to work with distinguished professors and students in a setting which was challenging yet rich in support.
Which was the class you enjoyed the most? And in the one in which you learned the most?
I had the pleasure of taking all three of Dr. Helman’s Saturday courses (US National Security in the Middle East, National Security, Intelligence & National Security). While difficult, these classes were intensely rewarding and Dr. Helman’s guidance throughout my time as a student, and after, has been invaluable. They were worth the lost Saturdays. Professor Helman taught me how to properly be an analyst and gave me a wealth of experience I would not have had otherwise.
Professor Daniel Benaim, who taught U.S. Topics in Foreign Policy and Speechwriting & Diplomacy, was knowledgeable and supportive. His experience, stories, and the wonderful guests he introduced his classes to provided opportunities to engage with real professionals and understand the actual application of what you learn in the program.
What was your favorite place on campus? What did you like best about student life at NYU?
Find a group of close friends to suffer through the difficulty together. Also, find a few professors to take multiple classes with and learn from. Be open to new experiences and take every opportunity to challenge yourself.
What was the best thing about living in NYC?
Washington Square Park is perfect for a calming walk. Take advantage of the many opportunities that NYU provides to you on campus and in the city (discounted event tickets!)
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone regarding professional development?
Take advantage of every opportunity you can. Be open to new experiences (your plans will change a thousand times, sometimes for the worse, others for the better) and try not to put yourself into a box by focusing on one area or the "cool" current topic/event. Take pieces from every discipline and figure out what works best for you as a person and professional.
Last Updated April 21, 2022