Jessica Stern, PhD, MA


Jessica Stern is a fellow at Harvard FXB, an advanced academic candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, and a senior research fellow at the Center on Terrorism at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a member of Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law. She is the author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror, selected by the Washington Post as a best book of the year; Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, selected by the New York Timesas a notable book of the year; The Ultimate Terrorists; and numerous articles on terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She is a fellow of both MacDowell and Yaddo artists’ colonies. In 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for her work on trauma and terror, as well as an Erik Erikson Scholarship. Stern taught at Harvard University from 1999-2010. She served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994-95. Stern was selected by Time Magazine in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas “will change the world.”  Stern advises a number of government agencies on issues related to terrorism and has taught courses for government officials.  Stern is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow, a National fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a fellow of the World Economic Forum, and a Harvard MacArthur fellow. Stern earlier worked as an analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, in chemistry; a master’s degree from MIT in technology policy; and a doctorate from Harvard University in public policy.