Tricia Bacon

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Transnational Threats Project
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Tricia Bacon

Tricia Bacon is an associate professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She directs the Policy Anti-Terrorism Hub at American University. She is the author of Terror in Transition: Leadership and Succession in Terrorist Organizations, published with Columbia University Press in 2022, and Why Terrorist Organizations Form International Alliances, published with the University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2018. Prior to her employment at American University, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterrorism for over 10 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, with a focus on South Asia and Africa. Dr. Bacon is a non-resident associate fellow with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. She serves on the Countering Terrorism & Extremism Program Advisory Council for the Middle East Institute and the editorial boards of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Perspectives on Terrorism, and the Journal of the Middle East and Africa. Her research focuses on terrorist and insurgent groups' behavior and decisionmaking, U.S. counterterrorism policy, and the role of intelligence in national security decisionmaking. She has published articles on terrorist group alliances, terrorist leadership, terrorist safe havens, and other related topics.