Jessica Trisko Darden

Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service. She was previously a Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a Visiting Scholar at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. Her research examines the causes and consequences of political violence, with a particular focus on the role of foreign assistance in shaping support for, or opposition to, violent extremism.

Dr. Trisko Darden is the author of Aiding and Abetting: U.S. Foreign Assistance and State Violence and co-author of Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars. Her third, co-authored book, Women as War Criminals: Gender, Agency, Justice, examines high profile cases of women’s involvement in and prosecution for wartime violence, including genocide and crimes against humanity. She is also the author of multiple policy reports on countering violent extremism for the American Enterprise Institute and has recently conducted research on women’s roles in violent extremist groups in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Ukraine.