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Jessica Stern, PhD

Dr. Stern is a research professor at Boston University and a senior fellow at both the Center for Naval Analyses and the Community Safety Branch at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Stern has taught courses on counter-terrorism for over 20 years – at Boston University, Harvard, and CIA University. She is a Member of the Homeland Security Experts Group.  She has been a PI or Co-PI on NSF, Hariri Institute of Computing, and NIJ-funded countering-violent extremism projects, and a member of research teams funded by DHS and NATO. Stern is the coauthor with J.M. Berger of ISIS: The State of Terror; and the author of My War Criminal: Personal Encounters with an Architect of Genocide, Denial: A Memoir of Terror, Terror in the Name of God and The Ultimate Terrorists.  Stern served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994-95.  She was included among seven “thinkers” in Time Magazine’s 2001 series profiling 100 innovators.  She was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009, a World Economic Forum Fellow from 2002-2004, an International Affairs Fellow in 1994, and elected to Sigma Xi, an engineering honors society, in 1986.  Stern advises a number of government agencies on issues related to terrorism. She has a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College in chemistry, a master’s degree from MIT in technology policy (chemical engineering), and a doctorate from Harvard University in public policy.  She is a 2016 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis.

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