- 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. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and 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. She is the author of "Aiding and Abetting: U.S. Foreign Assistance and State Violence" (Stanford, 2019) and co-author of "Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars" (Georgetown, 2019). Her third book, "Women as War Criminals: Gender, Agency, Justice" is under contract with Stanford University Press. 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 Guardian, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, 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.
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.