Susan Ariel Aaronson is a CIGI senior fellow. She is an expert in international trade, digital trade, good governance and human rights. She is currently writing on comparative advantage in data, comparing how nations govern data, and how virtual reality will challenge our existing approach to governance.
Susan is also research professor of international affairs and cross-disciplinary fellow at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she directs the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub. The Hub educates policy makers and the public on domestic and international data governance. The Hub also maps the governance of personal, public and proprietary data around the world to illuminate the state of data governance.
Susan is the former Minerva Chair at the National War College. She is the author of six books and more than 50 scholarly articles. Her work has been funded by major international foundations including the MacArthur, Hewlett, Ford, Koch and Rockefeller Foundations; governments such as the Netherlands, the United States and Canada; international organizations such as the United Nations, International Labour Organization and the World Bank; and US corporations including Google, Ford Motor and Levi Strauss. She loves to do triathlons and study ballet.