I am Assistant Professor of International Affairs with the School of International Service at American University and an inaugural Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. I was previously a Visiting Scholar with Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict and Violence and an Assistant Professor at Western University. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University.
I am the author of Aiding and Abetting: U.S. Foreign Assistance and State Violence (Stanford, Fall 2019) and co-author of Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars (Georgetown, 2019). My research focuses on the intersection of international development and national security, with a regional focus on Asia. Currently, I am working on a project evaluating development-led approaches to countering violent extremism. You can find more details on my research here.
My 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. I have written multiple pieces for The Washington Post's PostEverything and Monkey Cage. I have been interviewed by BBC Radio, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Today Show and Voice of America, among others.
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Updated May 2018 - Jessica Trisko Darden