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.
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
‘Book Review of Countering Violent Extremism: Making Gender Matter’, Critical Studies on Terrorism, 30 June 2021
‘Gender in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Meaningful Inclusion of Policy in Practice’, CT MORSE, 7 October 2020
‘Gender in Countering Violent Extremism Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation: Beyond Instrumentalism’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 15 August 2020