Louise I. Shelley

Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy, University Professor; Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center


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Fax: 703-993-8193

3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Curriculum Vita


Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair for civic intellectual as well as a University Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government and the founder and Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University. Her latest book is Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her previous book is Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge, 2010). Dr. Shelley has written books and dozens of articles and books chapters on the subject of transnational crime and corruption. She is presently working on a book on illicit trade in the real and virtual world. She served for six years as a member of the Global Agenda Councils on Organized Crime and Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum. She is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations. She is the recipient of many fellowships and prizes including the Guggenheim and two Fulbrights and two grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Shelley has testified for the United States Congress repeatedly on these issues and has addressed fora of the OSCE, OECD and other national and international bodies and appears in the media frequently.

Areas of Research

  • Corruption
  • Human Trafficking
  • Illicit Trade
  • Soviet Successor States
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational Crime
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