I am Assistant Professor of International Affairs with the School of International Service at American University and Associate Director of Bridging the Gap, an initiative designed to strengthen relationships between scholars and the foreign policy community. I was previously a Visiting Scholar with Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict and Violence and hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University.
In my research, I explore the role of international actors in local conflict dynamics and engage a community of social scientists who are looking closely at the relationship between aid, conflict, and development. I operate across traditional political science subfields to understand how the policies of international actors are realized, altered, and in some cases subverted through their interaction with developing countries, particularly within the regional context of Asia. My research employs cross-national statistical analysis, archival research, and content analysis.
I am the lead investigator for the Women in Combat Roles (WiCR) Data Project (with Laia Balcells), which seeks to measure and analyze women's participation in national militaries and armed groups from the Second World War until the present day. As part of this project, I am investigating women's roles in the current conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
My commentary has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Conversation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Washington Post's Grade Point, and The Washington Post's Monkey Cage (on female combatants and on national security in Asia). I have been interviewed by BBC Radio, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The Today Show, among others.
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Updated March 2017 - Jessica Trisko Darden