Susan Ariel Aaronson
|Address:||Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Areas of Expertise
International trade and investment agreements; transparent trade policymaking; corruption and development; Internet governance; internet freedom; economic growth and human rights, global corporate social responsibility
Susan Ariel Aaronson is Associate Research Professor at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and the Minerva Chair at the National War College.
Aaronson is directing a seminar series on measuring the effects of the Internet on human rights, trade, economic growth and governance. While at GWU, Aaronson has received grants from the MacArthur, Ford, Swiss National Science Foundation and Ford Motor Company for her work on internet freedom and trade, corruption, and business and human rights.
Dr. Aaronson is a frequent speaker on public understanding of globalization issues and regularly appears on VOA Issues and Opinions/China to discuss US and international economic developments. She was a regular commentator on "All Things Considered" in 1994–1995, "Marketplace" from 1995–1998, and "Morning Edition" from 1998-2001. She has also appeared on CNN, the BBC, and PBS to discuss trade and globalization issues. She has also been a Guest Scholar in Economics at the Brookings Institution (1995–1999).
Dr. Aaronson serves on the Advisory Board for Business-Human Rights and is a Senior External Advisor to the Business and Society Team of Oxford Analytica. In recent years, she has been a pro-bono advisor to the UN Special Representative on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. She has also consulted for the ILO; the World Bank; Free the Slaves; the Ford Foundation; the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; the Stanley Foundation; several corporations; and the governments of Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others.
- WTO membership and inter-state conflict
- Surveillance and Trade policy
- T-TIP: Modernizing Trade Policymaking
- Apps and New Ideas to Reduce Corruption
- Business and human rights
- Modernizing international investment policies
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Aaronson is the author of six books and numerous articles on trade, human rights, international investment; public private partnerships; globalization, corporate social responsibility; and public understanding of economic change. Her books include:
- Trade Imbalance: The Struggle to Weigh Human Rights in Trade Policymaking (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- Taking Trade to the Streets: The Lost History of Public Efforts to Shape Globalization (University of Michigan Press, 2001)
- Trade and the American Dream: A Social History of Postwar Trade Policy (University Press of Kentucky, 1996)
Dr. Aaronson has also written two primers on trade — "Trade is Everybody's Business" for high school students and "Are there Trade Offs When Americans Trade?" for adults. These books relate trade to citizens' daily lives.
Her recent articles include:
- With Ian Higham, "Re-righting Business: John Ruggie and the Struggle to Develop International Human Rights Standards for Transnational Firms," (.pdf) Human Rights Quarterly, 36, (2013), pp. 333-364.
- "Does the WTO Help Nations Clean Up? The WTO as an Anticorruption Counterweight" (.pdf) Forthcoming, World Trade Review 2014
- With Rod Abouharb, "Is More Trade Always Better? The WTO and Human Rights in Conflict Zones," Journal of World TradeOctober 2013
- "Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights," International Economy Magazine, Fall 2012, 66-69.
- "Trade and the Internet: The risks and challenges of this new technology" (.pdf), The International Economy, Winter 2012, 75–77.
- Unexpected Bedfellows: The GATT, the WTO and Some Democratic Rights, International Studies Quarterly, 55:2, 379–408, June 2011.