Jessica Trisko Darden
2017, BTG
Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University


Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor with the School of International Service at American University and the Associate Director of Bridging the Gap. Her research focuses on international influences on intrastate conflict and political violence, particularly within Asia. Dr. Trisko is also the lead investigator for the Women in Combat Roles (WiCR) Project, which examines female participation in national militaries and armed non-state actors from the outbreak of the Second World War until the present day.

Dr. Trisko has published peer-reviewed articles on alliance dynamics, political violence, and human security. She has contributed op-eds on national security in Asia and women’s roles in international politics and conflict to The Baltimore Sun, The Conversation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog. She been interviewed by BBC Radio, CNN, The Globe and Mail, The Today Show, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Trisko was formerly a Visiting Scholar with Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (2010-2012) and the Mansfield Foundation (Summer 2010).


Asian Security, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Asia, Civil Conflict, Border Security, Political Economy of Development, Foreign Aid, Gender Politics

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