- Additional Positions at AU
- Associate Director, Bridging the Gap
- 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
Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service and Associate Director of Bridging the Gap. For 2017-2019, she is an inaugural Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Her research focuses on international influences on intrastate conflict and political violence, particularly within Asia. Dr. Trisko Darden is also the lead investigator for the Women in Combat Roles (WiCR) Project, which examines female participation in national militaries. She has published peer-reviewed articles on alliance dynamics, political violence, and human security. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Trisko Darden was a Visiting Scholar with Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict and Violence.
Dr. Trisko Darden has contributed op-eds and commentary on international politics and conflict to The Baltimore Sun, The Conversation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, US News and World Report and The Washington Post. She been interviewed by BBC Radio, CNN, The Globe and Mail, The Today Show, and The Wall Street Journal. You can watch a live interview or read her latest piece on U.S. foreign aid policy under the Trump administration.
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.
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.