Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She is the author of Why Terrorist Organizations Form International Alliances to be published with University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2018.
Prior to her employment at American University, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterrorism for over 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. Her work on counterterrorism in the intelligence community received numerous accolades, and she conducted research and analysis on counterterrorism in South Asia, North Africa, East Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Bacon is a non-resident fellow with George Washington University's Program on Extremism. She is also a senior fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security. She was previously 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. She earned her PhD in International Relations at Georgetown University.
Her research focuses on terrorist and insurgent groups' behavior and decision-making, U.S. counterterrorism policy, and the role of intelligence in national security decision-making. She has published articles on terrorist group alliances, terrorist leadership, terrorist safe havens, and other related topics.
- Georgetown University, Ph.D., Government, 2013
- Teaching with Research Award, American University, 2016
- Best Ph.D. Dissertation on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Terrorism Research Initiative, 2014
- Group Superior Service Honor Award, United States Department of State, Washington, D.C., 2013
- Intelligence Community Commendation, United States Department of State, Washington, D.C., 2007
- Meritorious Service Award, United States Department of State, Washington, D.C., 2006
- Superior Service Honor Award, United States Department of State, Washington, D.C., 2005
- Group Meritorious Service Award, United States Department of State, Washington, D.C., 2004
- Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Government, Washington, D.C., 2003 – 2005
- Non-Resident Fellow, George Washington University’s Program for Extremism, 2018 – Present
- Assistant Professor, American University, School of Public Affairs, 2015 – Present
- Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State, 2003 – 2013