Susan Ariel Aaronson
Susan Ariel Aaronson
Research Professor; Director, Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub
Department: International Institute for Science and Technology
Susan Ariel Aaronson is a research professor of international affairs, director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub, and co-PI of the NSF Trustworthy AI Institute for Law and Society, where she directs work on data and AI governance. Aaronson conceived of and directs the Hub. Since 2019, the Hub has educate d policymakers, the press and the public about data governance and data driven change. In that regard, the Hub hosts conferences, monthly webinars, study groups, and creates video primers as well as writes scholarly papers. The Hub is also the only organization in the world that maps the governance of public, proprietary, and personal data at the domestic and international levels. The Hub’s research has been funded by foundations such as Ford and Minderoo.
Aaronson is also a cross-disciplinary fellow and affiliate at GW’s Institute for International Economic Policy, the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies Since 2017, Aaronson has also been a senior fellow at the think tank Center for International Governance Innovation (GIGI) in Canada where she publishes much of her research on data driven change and data governance.
As co-PI at NSF TRAILS, Aaronson is correctly directing projects on mapping data sharing and mapping data used for generative AI. She is writing on the policy response to generative AI; XR competitiveness, the need for empathy in AI; and how AI is changing international trade.
Dr. Aaronson is a frequent speaker and writer on international economic developments. She regularly writes op eds for Barron’s. Aaronson has commented on economics on "Marketplace, "All Things Considered," Morning Edition," NBC, CNN, the BBC, and PBS. Previously, Aaronson was a Guest Scholar in Economics at the Brookings Institution (1995–1999); and a Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute 2008-2012. . Aaronson was also the Carvalho Fellow at the Government Accountability Project and the Minerva Chair at the National War College. She has served on the Business and Human Rights Advisory Board at Amnesty International and the Advisory Board of Human Rights Under Pressure, a joint German and Israeli initiative on human rights.
Aaronson encouraged GWU to join the Public Interest Technology Network and as the designated representative, she works to encourage education and research that facilitates public understanding of technology and technology that serves the public. She has also consulted for the ILO; the World Bank; Free the Slaves; the Ford Foundation; the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; the Progressive Policy Institute the Stanley Foundation; several corporations; and the governments of Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others.
In her spare time, Aaronson enjoys triathlons and ballet.