- Ph.D. McGill University, Political Science
M.A. University of Texas at Austin, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
B.A. McGill University, International Development and Russian
- Book Currently Reading
- Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War
Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service and recipient of the 2020 SIS Outstanding Scholarship Award for Faculty. She is also a Non-resident Fellow at the George Washington University's Program on Extremism. From 2017-2019, she was an inaugural Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Trisko Darden was a Visiting Scholar with Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict and Violence.
Dr. Trisko Darden's research focuses on the relationship between international development and conflict. Her book, Aiding and Abetting: U.S. Foreign Assistance and State Violence (Stanford, 2019), is described by Prof. William Easterly as "a critical book at a time when the U.S. approach to human rights is in deep crisis and global human rights are in grave danger." She is also co-author of Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars (Georgetown, 2019) and Women as War Criminals: Gender, Agency, and Justice (Stanford University Press, 2020). Dr. Trisko Darden has published peer-reviewed articles on alliance dynamics, political violence, and human security.
Dr. Trisko Darden has contributed op-eds and commentary on international politics and conflict to The Baltimore Sun, The Conversation, The Economist, The Guardian, Newsweek, The New York Times, US News and World Report and The Washington Post. She been interviewed by BBC World Service, CNN, The Globe and Mail, The Today Show, and The Wall Street Journal. She's been featured on Cato's Power Problems podcast and AEI's Banter podcast. You can listen to her latest NPR On Point interview about what to do with the women and children of the Islamic State.
Dr. Trisko Darden has expertise in: U.S. foreign aid; development and security; human rights; Asia (particularly Southeast Asia and Central Asia); and gender issues and security.
SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res
Area of Expertise
Foreign aid, countering violent extremism, political violence, Southeast Asia, female fighters
Jessica Trisko Darden is Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service and Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Her work focuses on the relationship between foreign aid and conflict, including terrorism and violent extremism. She is the co-author of Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2019). Her commentary on foreign aid and political violence has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, Business Insider, The Conversation, The Guardian, The Hill, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, US News and World Report. She has written multiple pieces for The Washington Post's PostEverything and Monkey Cage. She has been interviewed by BBC Radio, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, The Washington Post, and Voice of America, among others.