Jessica Pickering

Jessica Pickering (she/her) is a Templeton Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Africa Program. In May 2022, she will graduate from Tulane University in New Orleans with her MA in Homeland Security and a certificate in intelligence. From the University of Washington in Seattle, she received her BA in International Affairs focusing on foreign policy, diplomacy, peace, and security. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, where she taught secondary mathematics and English and established gender equality initiatives through an after-school girls program. Her research interests include international security, foreign policy, and the effects of gender equity, climate change, and governance on policy and stability in West Africa.