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Tricia Bacon Assistant Professor Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

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Send email to Tricia Bacon
(202) 885-6556
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology
Kerwin Hall - 246
Degrees
PhD Georgetown 2013

MA University of Florida 2002

BA Stetson University 2000

Bio

Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She is the author of Why Terrorist Organizations Form International Alliances published with University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2018.

Prior to her employment at American University, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterrorism for over ten years at the Department of State, including in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Counterterrorism, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Her work on counterterrorism in the intelligence community received numerous accolades, and she conducted research and analysis on counterterrorism in South Asia, North Africa, East Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Bacon is a non-resident fellow with George Washington University's Program on Extremism. She is also a senior fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security. She was previously a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Visiting Scholar and Terrorism Research Award recipient at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, and a PRISP Fellow and Presidential Management Fellow at the State Department. She earned her PhD in International Relations at Georgetown University.

Her research focuses on terrorist and insurgent groups' behavior and decision-making, U.S. counterterrorism policy, and the role of intelligence in national security decision-making. She has published articles on terrorist group alliances, terrorist leadership, terrorist safe havens, and other related topics.

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Area of Expertise

Counter terrorism, foreign policy, terrorist groups and leadership, Al-Qaida, al-Shabaab, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, ISIS/ISIL, Boko Haram, the Taliban, insurgency, intelligence, national security, South Asia, East Africa, Somalia, and foreign fighters

Additional Information

Prof. Tricia Bacon worked on counter terrorism for more than ten years at the Department of State, including in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Counterterrorism, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. She conducted research and analysis on counter terrorism in South Asia, North Africa, East Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. She is a non-resident fellow with George Washington's Program on Extremism. She was also a pre-doctoral fellow at the Brookings Institution, a visiting scholar and terrorism research award recipient at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, and a PRISP Fellow and Presidential Management Fellow at the State Department. Her research focuses on terrorist groups' relationships, terrorist group leaders, foreign fighters, and proxy relationships. Prof. Bacon is the author of Why Terrorist Groups Form International Alliances (University of Pennsylvania Press) that advances our understanding of the motivations of terrorist groups' relations with one another. Her work on counter terrorism in the intelligence community received numerous accolades. She is frequently quoted in local, national and international media outlets.

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SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon holds up her teaching with research award.

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SPA Professor Receives Award for Teaching with Research

SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon has been recognized by AU for her excellence in teaching and research as part of the annual University-wide teaching and research awards.
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Extremist Marketing: How ISIS Recruits with Killer Messaging

SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon says it’s a good time to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked to combat the war on terror - particularly in the fight that is taking place online.
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#SPA80for80: Professor Tricia Bacon

Tricia Bacon bring 11 years of counterterrorism experience at the State Department and her award-winning research to AU's classrooms.
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