Dr Jessica White

Senior Research FellowTerrorism and Conflict


Dr Jessica White is a Senior 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 has over a decade’s worth of experience as a researcher and security practitioner, with a prior career as an intelligence and language analyst in the United States Navy.

Jessica conducts research and manages projects on a range of topics including far-right extremism and terrorism, security policy, gender, 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. She is also a co-founder of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network.

Jessica is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT).

You can access all of Jessica's contributions below.

Why Extremism Appeals To Some Active & Former Military Members

Over the last year, since the events at the US Capitol on the 6th of January, there has been increasing scrutiny and concern around the threat of far-right extremism to and within the military - Jessica White | 4 January 2022

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

Recognising 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

Research projects

Counter-Terrorism and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Training

Counter-Terrorism, Monitoring, Reporting and Support Mechanism (CT MORSE)

Evaluating Security Interventions in Public Locations

Extremism and Gaming Research Network

Far-Right Extremism and the Security Forces

Gender in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Global Far-Right Threat and Response Mapping

Misogyny, Hostile Beliefs and the Transmission of Extremism

Permissive Environments for Far-Right and Islamist Radicalisation

Prevention Project

Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Policy Support


Review of CT and P/CVE Activity Effectiveness


Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) Horn of Africa


Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) II Kenya


Terrorism and the Media

Latest publications

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