Portrait of MAJ Jessica Rudo

MAJ Jessica Rudo


International Division Executive Officer



Major Jessica Rudo graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey.  She enlisted in the Army as a Civil Affairs Specialist with the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion out of Fort Dix, New Jersey. She attended Defense Language Institute for French and was the honor graduate, earning an Associates in French. Soon after, MAJ Rudo deployed to Samarra, Iraq, with 2-327th “No Slack,” 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 101st Airborne Division. MAJ Rudo commissioned via Officer Candidate School in 2011, branching Military Intelligence, and reported back to 1BCT, 101st to serve as a platoon leader. MAJ Rudo was pulled over to 4BCT, 101st to participate in the Women in the Army (WITA) program, serving as one of the first female intelligence officers in a field artillery battalion, and later deployed to Afghanistan. After serving as the Brigade S2 for DIVARTY and 101CAB on Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, MAJ Rudo attended the University of West Florida and graduated with an MA in Traditional History in 2021. She currently instructs in the International History Division at the United States Military Academy.

Ongoing Research Projects

Rudo, Jessica (Oct 25-28, 2021). Your Avocado Toast is Funding Drug Cartels. Poster presentation at the 12th Annual Conference for Food Studies, Copenhagen

Publications & Presentations

Rudo, Jessica (2021). Opium and the Start of US Drug Policies. Presentation at Student Scholar Symposium, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida

Rudo, Jessica (2020). Military Slave Rentals Along the Gulf Coast. Presentation for North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH), University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida