I am an Assistant Professor with the School of International Service at American University, where I am affiliated with the Global Governance, Politics and Security Program and the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program. I was previously a Visiting Scholar with Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict and Violence. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University in 2013. My research focuses on the trasnational dimensions of the political economy of conflict, including foreign aid, human security and international development.
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 have appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Today Show to discuss state capacity and regional cooperation in Asia.
My book manuscript, Financing Repression: Foreign Assistance, Coercive Capacity and Patterns of State Violence, examines the relationship between foreign assistance to the developing world and patterns of state-led violence against civilians in aid recipient countries. I consider how the provision of bilateral foreign aid and other financial assistance by outside forces may exacerbate government repression and potentially trigger violence, thereby raising fundamental questions about the consequences of various forms of foreign assistance for a recipient country's coercive capacity. This project has received research support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council's CGS Doctoral Scholarship, the SDF Ph.D. Scholarship from the Canadian Department of National Defence, and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies.
You can explore my research and publications, download a recent copy of my C.V., or tweet me @jntrisko.
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Updated August 2014 - Jessica Trisko Darden