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Louise Shelley is a Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. She directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center (TraCCC), which she founded in 1998. Her research focuses on corruption, human trafficking, illicit trade, terrorism, transnational crime, and the former Soviet Union.
Since 1995, Dr. Shelley has run programs with leading specialists on the problems of organized crime and corruption in Russia, the Ukraine, and Georgia. She has also been the principal investigator of large-scale projects on money laundering from Russia, the Ukraine, and Georgia and of training law enforcement in human trafficking.
She is the author of Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge, 2010), Policing Soviet Society (Routledge, 1996), Lawyers in Soviet Work Life (Rutgers University Press, 1984), and Crime and Modernization (Southern Illinois University Press, 1981), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of transnational crime and corruption. Dr. Shelley is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Global Crime, and the International Annals of Criminology.