Layla M. Hashemi is a researcher and data analyst at C4ADS focusing on international supply chains, cybercrime and illicit trade. On a previous NSF project Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (D-ISN), she analyzed supply chains of counterfeit PPE, fentanyl, and pharmaceuticals.
She earned her PhD in public policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and her master’s in international relations and comparative politics at New York University with a concentration in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. She has held positions at governmental and nongovernmental organizations including Forum 2000 and the Journal of Civil Society where she was Managing Editor.
Hashemi’s volunteer work includes moderating the Anti-Corruption Advocacy Network (ACAN), board member and research manager at the Security, Gender and Development Institute (SGDI), and Political Economy Project (PEP) coordinator at the Arab Studies Institute (ASI). She has presented her research—among other places—at NATO, the United Nations and professional conferences, workshops, and webinars. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, academic journals, books, and other outlets. She coedited and contributed to the TraCCC Routledge Volume Antiquities Trafficking in the Real and Virtual World (2022) with TraCCC’s director, Louise Shelley.