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Jessica White is a Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group. Her expertise encompasses terrorism, counter-terrorism, and countering violent extremism. She is focused on government methods to counter terrorism through policing, military, and intelligence services, as well as currently conducting research on the relationship between media representation of terrorism and the radicalization process. She has recently co-published a paper for the UK’s Commission for Countering Extremism on the inclusion of human rights in countering extremism methods.
Jessica is currently completing her PhD in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis is examining the impact of gender equality goals on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism policies by critiquing program design and evaluation methods. Jessica 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 working on counter-terrorism issues in the United States Navy and became proficient in Arabic.