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Jessica Trisko Darden

Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Non-Resident Fellow with the George Washington University's Program on Extremism. Her research focuses on the intersection of conflict and international development. She is the author of "Aiding and Abetting: US Foreign Assistance and State Violence" (Stanford 2020) and co-author of "Women as War Criminals: Gender, Agency, and Justice" (Stanford 2020) and "Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars" (Georgetown 2019).


  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2014–2020
    Assistant Professor, American University, School of International Service
  • 2010–2012
    Visiting Scholar, Yale University


  • 2013 
    McGill University, PhD Political Science