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 policy and programming, as well as gender mainstreaming strategies.

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

Jessica completed her PhD in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. Before beginning her PhD, she spent six years as an intelligence and language analyst in the United States Navy.


Extremism and Gaming Research Network

Far-Right Extremism and Terrorism

Review of CT and P/CVE Activity Effectiveness

Terrorism and the Media

Rantt Media Blog

Why We Need More Women Working In Counter-Terrorism

As the global counter-terrorism community assesses its successes and failures two decades after the 9/11 attacks, there's an opportunity to rethink how we include gender in our security planning - Jessica White | 20 August 2021

What The Biden Admin’s Countering Domestic Terrorism Plan Is Missing

While the strategy includes a nuanced assessment of the challenges, there isn’t enough priority given to the role gender plays in extremism - Jessica White | 6 July 2021

We Can’t Combat Extremism Without Also Combating Misogyny

Recognizing the role of community and gender constructions is essential to effective counter-extremism and terrorism approaches - Jessica White | 6 May 2021

How The US Could Rethink Counter-Extremism Programs

Given the complexity of the radical right threat in the US, there are numerous factors to be considered when it comes to mass de-radicalization programs - Jessica White | 25 Feb 2021

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