Dr Jessica White

Research FellowTerrorism and Conflict


Dr Jessica White is a Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group. Her expertise encompasses counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism methods, as well as gender mainstreaming in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

She conducts research and manages RUSI projects on a range of topics, including the extreme right-wing, terrorism in the media and online. Jessica has recently published on the impact of the pandemic and other global events on extremism, the challenges of transferability across the threat spectrum for CT frameworks, as well on the importance of applying a gender lens to CT and P/CVE methods

Jessica completed her PhD in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. She also holds a MSc in Conflict Resolution from Kingston University London and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Kansas, USA.

Before beginning her PhD, Jessica spent six years as an intelligence and language analyst in the United States Navy working on counter-terrorism. She is proficient in Arabic.


Gender in Conflict, Violent Extremism and Security

This is a compendium of research on gender and its impact on conflict, extremism and security, highlighting the importance of a gender lens in policy and programming.

Far-Right Extremism and Terrorism

The project is dedicated to furthering understanding of the resurging threat of far-right extremism and terrorism.

Review of CT and P/CVE Activity Effectiveness

We provided a systematic review of the effectiveness of counterterrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism activities, with a focus on youth engagement, reintegration and capacity building.

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