Jessica Trisko Darden

Dr. Jessica Trisko Darden

Jessica Trisko Darden


Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at VCU where she teaches courses on political violence, human rights, and women in politics. She is also a Non-resident Fellow at the George Washington University's Program on Extremism. Dr. Trisko Darden was previously an Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service, where she received the SIS Outstanding Scholarship Award for Faculty in 2020. She has served as a Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a Visiting Scholar at Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict and Violence.

Dr. Trisko Darden's research focuses on the relationship between international development, gender, and conflict. Her book, Aiding and Abetting: U.S. Foreign Assistance and State Violence (Stanford, 2020) is described by Prof. William Easterly as "a critical book at a time when the U.S. approach to human rights is in deep crisis and global human rights are in grave danger." Dr. Trisko Darden has published peer-reviewed articles on alliance dynamics, political violence, gender and conflict, and human security.

Dr. Trisko Darden has contributed op-eds and commentary on international politics and conflict to The Baltimore SunThe ConversationThe EconomistThe GuardianNewsweekThe New York TimesUS News and World Report and The Washington Post. She been interviewed by BBC World ServiceCNNThe Globe and MailThe Today Show, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She's been featured on Cato's Power Problems podcast and AEI's Banter podcast. You can listen to her NPR On Point interview about what to do with the women and children of the Islamic State.