Jessica Stern is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis and a Fellow at Hoover Institution. She is the coauthor with J.M. Berger of ISIS: The State of Terror, (selected by the Washington Post as a notable book of the year, Wall Street Journal’s “must-reads” on terrorism, and Foreign Affairs best books of 2015); and 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 Times as a notable book of the year); The Ultimate Terrorists; and numerous articles on terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
She has been 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 1999-2015. She served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994-95. Stern was included in Time Magazine’s 2001 series profiling 100 people with bold ideas. Stern advises a number of government agencies on issues related to terrorism and has taught courses for government officials. 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 bachelors degree from Barnard College in chemistry, a masters degree from MIT in technology policy, and a doctorate from Harvard University in public policy.