Louise Shelley


Dr. 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 most recent book Dark Commerce: How A New Illicit Economy is Threatening our Future will appear with Princeton University Press in Fall 2018. Her most recent books are Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and 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.  Her particular focus is on post-Soviet transnational crime and corruption. She examines their participation in cybercrime and money laundering, particularly into real estate. She is also a specialist on corporate raiding and has served as an expert witness on this subject matter both in the US and overseas.  While serving as an initial Andrew Carnegie Fellow 2015-17, she worked on her book on the transformation of illicit trade and how it is undermining sustainability of life and the planet.

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 and a member of the Global Initiative on Transnational Crime. Dr. Shelley is the recipient of many fellowships and prizes including the Guggenheim, two Fulbrights, two grants from the MacArthur Foundation, and most recently the Carnegie Corporation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Shelley has testified for the United States Congress repeatedly on these issues and has addressed fora of the OSCE, OECD, NATO and other national and international bodies and appears in the media frequently.