Louise Shelley

University Professor and  Director, Terrorism. Transnational Crime and Corruption (TraCCC), School of Public Policy, George Mason University


Dr. Louise Shelley is a University Professor at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) that she founded. She is a leading expert on the relationship among terrorism, organized crime and corruption as well as human trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union. She also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering. She is the author of the forthcoming Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge, 2014) Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge 2010), Policing Soviet Society (Routledge, 1996), Lawyers in Soviet Worklife and Crime and Modernization, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on all aspects of transnational crime and corruption. Dr. Shelley served on the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum and was the first co-chair of its Council on Organized Crime and she continues to serve on the task force on organized crime and illicit trade. She co-chairs a group on human trafficking within the Global Agenda Councils.   Dr. Shelley chairs the human trafficking group within the Illicit Trade Task Force of the OECD. Dr. Shelley is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has spoken at various international fora and at many universities both in the United States and abroad on transnational crime and corruption. Additionally, she appears on television and radio, including appearances on CNN, NPR’s Marketplace, PBS, A&E, the History Channel and 60 Minutes.



  • Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism  (completed and in production with Cambridge University Press, summer 2014).
  • Human Security, Transnational Crime and Human Trafficking edited with Shiro Okubo New York and London, Routledge, 2011.
  • Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective  New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Organised Crime and Corruption in Georgia edited with Erik R. Scott and Anthony Latta , London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • Human Traffic and Transnational Crime: Eurasian and American Perspectives edited with Sally Stoecker  Lanham, Md: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.



  • “The Diverse Facilitators of Counterfeiting: A Regional Perspective,” Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 66, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 2012), pp. 19-37.
  • “The Relationship of Drug and Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective,” European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research Volume 18, Issue 3 (2012), pp, 241-253.
  • “The Nexus of Organized Crime and Terrorism: Two Case Studies in Cigarette Smuggling.” (With Sharon A. Melzer) International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice Vol.32, No.1 (Spring 2008), pp.43-63.
  • “Trafficking in Nuclear Materials: Criminals and Terrorists,” Global Crime  Vol. 7 (no.3-4 August-November 2006), pp.544-560.
  • Le crime transnational, une menace pour les États? Les Grands Dossiers des Sciences Humaines, No. 2, mars, avril, mai2006,  pp. 20-23.
  • “The Drug Trade in Contemporary Russia.” China and Eurasia Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2006), pp. 15-20.
  • “The Diversity of the Crime-Terror Interaction,” (with John Picarelli). International Annals of Criminology, Vol 43-1/2, 2005, pp. 51-81.
  • “Methods and Motives: Exploring Links between Transnational Organized Crime and International Terrorism,” (with John Picarelli) Trends in Organized Crime vol. 9, no.2 (Winter 2005, pp.52-67).
  • “The Unholy Trinity: Transnational crime, corruption, and terrorism.” Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 11, no. 2, Winter/Spring 2005, pp.101-111 and published as “La Trinidad No Santa:delincuencia transnacional, corrupcíon y terrorismo,” in Caderno CRH (Centro de Recursos Humanos), Salvador. V. 20, n.49. (Jan-April 2007), pp.151-59.
  • “Unraveling the Criminal Nexus,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (Winter/Spring 2005), p.5-13.
  • “Terrorist Financing”, Annals of International Criminology , vol. 12, no1/2, 2004,  pp.101-113.
  • Translated into Spanish and published  as “El financiamiento del Terrorismo” in No. 4 Newsletter (April 2005) of the Revista de Opinion Juridica.
  • “The Trade in People in and from the Former Soviet Union,” Contemporary Crises, 2-3, 40, 2003, pp.231-49.
  • “Global  Crime Inc,” (With Chris Corpora and John Picarelli) (in French) Les Cahiers de la Securite Interieure No.52, deuxieme trimester 2003), pp.9-34.
  • “Trafficking in Women: The Business Model Approach,” Brown Journal of World Affairs Vol.X, Issue I, Summer/Fall 2003, pp. 119-131.
  • “Crime and Corruption: Enduring Problems of Post-Soviet Development,” Demokratizatsiya Vol.11, No.1, Winter 2003, pp.110-114.