Dr. Tricia Bacon

Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs and author of Why Terrorist Organizations Form International Alliancesforthcoming with University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2018.

Prior to joining the faculty at American University, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterrorism for over ten years at the Department of State, including in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Counterterrorism, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  She conducted research and analysis on counterterrorism issues in South Asia, East Africa, North Africa, and Europe.

She earned her PhD in International Relations at Georgetown University in 2014. Her research focuses on terrorist and insurgent groups' behavior and decision-making, U.S. counterterrorism policy, and the role of intelligence in national security decision-making. She has published articles on terrorist group alliances, terrorist leadership, terrorist safe havens, and other related topics.