assistant professor, Department of Justice, Law & Criminology
Area of Expertise:
Counter terrorism, foreign policy, terrorist groups and leadership, Al-Qaida, al-Shabaab, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, ISIS/ISIL, Boko Haram, the Taliban, insurgency, intelligence, national security, South Asia, East Africa, Somalia, and foreign fighters
Prof. Tricia Bacon worked on counter terrorism for more than 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 counter terrorism in South Asia, North Africa, East Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. She is a non-resident fellow with George Washington's Program on Extremism. She was also a pre-doctoral fellow at the Brookings Institution, a visiting scholar and terrorism research award recipient at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, and a PRISP Fellow and Presidential Management Fellow at the State Department. Her research focuses on terrorist groups' relationships, terrorist group leaders, foreign fighters, and proxy relationships. Prof. Bacon is the author of Why Terrorist Groups Form International Alliances (University of Pennsylvania Press) that advances our understanding of the motivations of terrorist groups' relations with one another. Her work on counter terrorism in the intelligence community received numerous accolades. She is frequently quoted in local, national and international media outlets.
Foreign Language Fluency:
PhD Georgetown 2013, MA University of Florida 2002